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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Rituxan (Definition)

Rituxan is an antibody based agent which is a kind of ...Read more


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Fell from 3ft high, had head injury, seizures & unconsciousness (2y back). Seizures repeat in mar-apr, had 3rd dose of RITUXIMAB, medication correct?

Fell from 3ft high, had head injury, seizures & unconsciousness (2y back). Seizures repeat in mar-apr, had 3rd dose of RITUXIMAB, medication correct?

Clarifcation: Not clear why Rituximab would be used for a head injury, yet, you do describe post-traumatic epilepsy.
Are you taking any true anti-epileptic medications?
Not sure how to approach your issues with the current information. Best due to complexities to have a Concierge virtual visit to provide better answers. ...Read more

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Head injury from short fall, doctor diagnosed multiple sclerosis, given 3 doses of Rituximab, is the diagnosis and medication correct?

Head injury from short fall, doctor diagnosed multiple sclerosis, given 3 doses of Rituximab, is the diagnosis and medication correct?

See below: The diagnosis of MS can be rather complex, as several other entities need to be excluded, and the MS does need confirmation. But assuming diagnosis is correct, the drug Rituxamab would actually be a rather terrific choice. Cannot confirm your diagnosis based on information provided. ...Read more

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Is rituxan (rituximab) considered a chemotherapy drug?

Is rituxan (rituximab) considered a chemotherapy drug?

Not really: Rituxan (rituximab) is used to treat certain cancers as well as other non-cancer conditions. In the oncology world, we don't think of it as "chemotherapy" because it is a monoclonal antibody that is selective. We use the term chemotherapy for drugs that non-specifically kill fast-growing cells. We call Rituxan (rituximab) a biologic therapy, not chemotherapy. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How long do the drugs for chemotherapy and rituxan (rituximab) stay in the system after you're finished?

How long do the drugs for chemotherapy and rituxan (rituximab) stay in the system after you're finished?

Up to 3 months: Chemotherapy leaves the body very quickly, usually within 24 hours. Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody, which is a protein. It's half-life is one-week, meaning it takes 7 days for half the amount to be gone from your system, and another 7 days for half of the remaining amount to be gone, etc. Rituxan can still be measured in the blood up to 3 months after a dose! ...Read more

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What are the differences between immunosuppressive drugs and rituxan (rituximab)?

What are the differences between immunosuppressive drugs and rituxan (rituximab)?

Rituximab: Rituximab is one class of immunosuppresant therapy. It is an chimeric (composed of human and animal) monoclonal antibody directed against a surface marker (cd20) on your b-cells. Your b-cells naturally produce your own body's antibodies to help fight infections. There are other types of immunosuppresants which have different targets than b-cells, such as t-cells, and cytokines such as tnf-alpha. ...Read more

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Can people take rituximab drug as a treatment of mmn disease alongside IVIg drug as the doctor described and what are the side effects?

Uncertain what mmn?: I would like to help but need more information. Depending on the setting you can use rituxan (rituximab) to help certain conditions and sometimes other meds are used. These are things to discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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I m suffering from r. Arthritis after using all the drugs my doctor is now recommending mabthera (rituximab). Wat r its side effects? Is it safe 4 me?

I m suffering from r. Arthritis after using all the drugs my doctor is now recommending mabthera (rituximab). Wat r its side effects? Is it safe 4 me?

Can be safe: Can be safe if tests for tuberculosis and chest x-ray are normal and there are no major infections present. Side effects are increased susceptibility to infection and slight increase in risk of cancer. The other side effects are less common, but are similar to those found with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors/blockers. ...Read more

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What happens if you smoke while taking rituximab?

Tobacco bad: There are many reasons not to smoke, but I don't know of a specific interaction between smoking and rituximab. ...Read more

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Where can we buy rituximab or rituxan?

Nowhere.: Rituxan (rituximab) is considered a chemotherapy medication and is not available over the counter. Unless a physician writes you a prescription and you have it filled you will be unable to obtain the medication. Since it is administered in the hospital or office setting it has been my experience only physicians can buy it through pharmaceutical distributors. ...Read more

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Could I need rituximab (rituxan) read details please?

You may: I see no attached details but depending on you diagnosis that may be the medication your physician advised. Find out the reasons, sides effects and expected benefits whenever you take a medication ...Read more

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Why would rituxan (rituximab) be given along with naso4?

Why would rituxan (rituximab) be given along with naso4?

Not know: Naso4 is sodium sulfate. Uncertain why it would be given. This would be better answered by a pharmacest or pharmceutical chemist. ...Read more

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Hi I'm curious to know if rituxan (rituximab) is a weight gainer?

Hi I'm curious to know if rituxan (rituximab) is a weight gainer?

NotA ReportedSideEff: Weight gain with Rituxan (rituximab) is not a reported side effect ...Read more

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How effective is rituxan (rituximab) for treating wegener's disease?

How effective is rituxan (rituximab) for treating wegener's disease?

Quite Effective: Rituxan (rituximab) (a monoclonal antibody against b-cells) is approved by the fda for treatment of patients with wegener's granulomatosis and microscopic polyangiitis and has a complete remission rate of about 64% after 6 months of therapy together with steroids. It works just as well as Cytoxan chemotherapy, the standard treatment it was compared to, with no major differences in overall side effects ...Read more

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How long does rituxan (rituximab) stay in the system after finished?

Median half life 32d: The median half life of Rituxan (rituximab) is 32 days. It takes approximately 5 half-lives before a drug is considered "gone" from the system. Therefore a median time-period would be 160 days from completion of treatment. Remember measurement of drug in the system is not the same as the side-effect of the drug or the length of time the lymphocyte population is affected. ...Read more

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What is the cure rate of burkitt's lymhphoma with codox-m-ivac and rituximab?

What is the cure rate of burkitt's lymhphoma with codox-m-ivac and rituximab?

Good: For patients under the age of 40, the two year disease-free survival rate is 70%. And since there are few late relapses in BL due to its aggressiveness, this usually is equivalent to a cure. Patients who do relapse can undergo salvage chemotherapy followed by stem cell transplantation (if a donor can be found). ...Read more

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What is the cure rate of burkitts lymhphoma with regimen including rituximab?

Depends: The cure rate of burkitt's lymphoma will depend on the stage, overall condition and other prognostic factors. Having said that, combination of Rituxan (rituximab) and chemotherapies are highly effective in treating burkitt's lymphoma. Please discuss in detail about your case with your oncologist. ...Read more

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I have had nonhodgkins lymphoma for two and a half years, will rituximab and obintzumab help me?

I have had nonhodgkins lymphoma for two and a half years, will rituximab and obintzumab help me?

Maybe: The only way to know is to get a full evaluation from a hematologist. There are too many factors that go into making a recommendation regarding treatment of nhl to be able to get a personalized answer thru healthtap. If you are not confident with the recommendations you have received so far a second (or third) opinion would be in order. ...Read more

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What to expect from rituximab effects?

Rituxan (rituximab): Please open the link

http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a607038.Html. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is the rituximab 500mg?

Not enough info: What is this med being used to treat? It is generally well tolerated. Infection is the major risk. ...Read more

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Does rituximab lower your immune system?

Does rituximab lower your immune system?

Yes: Rituximab (rituxin) is a monoclonal antibody to cd20 an antigen located on lymphocytes. One consequence of using this drug is a drop in lymphocyte numbers (bad cells and good cells). This decline lowers the effectiveness of the immune system for a period of time. ...Read more

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Does having rituximab lower your immune system?

Does having rituximab lower your immune system?

Yes: Rituximab is directed against an antigen found on lymphocytes (cd20). It attaches to this antigen and causes destruction of the lymphocyte. Its action is indiscriminate therefore the lymphocyte population is transiently decreased leading to a lowering of the function of the immune system for brief periods of time. ...Read more

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Can your body become immune to rituxan (rituximab)?

Can your body become immune to rituxan (rituximab)?

Yes.: If you mean can it stop working for you, yes. Immune reactions to Rituxan (rituximab) also can occur that can make the drug impossible to give safely. ...Read more

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Has anyone had side effects from rituxan (rituximab)?

Has anyone had side effects from rituxan (rituximab)?

YEs: The first exposure to Rituximab frequently leads to allergic symptoms known as an anaphylactoid reaction. This may lead to red, itchy skin, wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, high or low blood pressure. This reaction usually does not happen with subsequent exposure. ...Read more

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Will you lose your hair if you get rituximab injection?

Uncommon: It is uncommon to lose hair with Rituximab therapy. It can affect the immune system so theoretically, it can indirectly cause hair loss. However, I have never seen hair loss from Rituximab infusions. So my final answer would be unlikely. ...Read more

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Does having rituximab lower your immune system afterwards?

Does having rituximab lower your immune system afterwards?

Yes: Rituximab is an antibody which affects white blood cells. It is used to treat a variety of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. It is a long lasting medication which can lower your immune system many months after you receive it. Check with your doctor about how to minimize infections after you receive rituximab. Best to avoid immunization with live vaccines 6+ months after a dose. ...Read more

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What amount is the 100mg/ml and 500mg/ml rituximab (mabthera)?

See details: ! 00 mg and 500 mg respectively. Both have no volume other than the IV solution they are dissolved in. That is usually 250-500 ml. ...Read more

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