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Can you tell me how is the rituximab 500mg?

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

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Rituxan (Definition)

Rituxan is an antibody based agent which is a kind of ...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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Why im losing my hair it is not the rituximab?

Why im losing my hair it is not the rituximab?

Not usual: Rituximab is not usually associated with hair loss (alopecia). Chemotherapy (used with rituximab) for treating cancer is associated with alopecia. As are other underlying medical problems. ...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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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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Why im losing my hair since i started using rituximab?

Don't know: Hair loss is not a common side effect of rituximab, but it is a potent medication. Other chemotherapeutic agents that you received weeks to months ago may be responsible for you hair loss. ...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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Dr. Robert Lowe
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