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Rituxan Rheumatisms Medication
Good experience: Rituxan has been used in rheumatoid arthritis and it has demonsrated good response-in my experience. Jus like anything else, there are some possible side effects from Rituxan but majority are very tolerable. You need to be screened for hepatitis b - prior to Rituxan administration.-as Rituxan can cause hep b exacerbation. ...Read more
Hi, I am waiting for the results of my x-rays and blood work to see if I do have early stage Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can using Rituxan cause this?
I am planning to take Rituximab for Rheumatoid Arthritis but my red blood cell count is very low. Does Rituximab helps to increase blood count also ?
See below: First, find out what causes your anemia. If your anemia is caused by chronic inflammation such as RA, treating the underlying etiology for anemia by Rituximab will eventually lead to an increase red blood cell count. If your anemia is caused autoimmune-medicated hemolysis, Rituximab can also help increase red cell counts. But, Rituximab itself does not have direct effect on red cell production. ...Read more
Medications: That question is so far out of bounds, it is unanswerable for this simple app. There are over ninety different blood pressure medications and then you add on a whole other disease. This site is not to learn pharmacology or science. Your treating physician will help you decide on the appropriate treatment for your conditions. ...Read more
Rituximab and obintzumab have been brought to my attention as medication that could be used in the treatment of my illness. Will they help me?
Need more info: Need to know what your illness is to comment on whether the treatment would help. ...Read more
Rheumatism: Need to know first what you mean by rheumatism. Standard tylenol works quite well for osteoarthritis. Sometimes you may need drugs like aleve or ibuprofen. If you have a more inflammatory process you really need to see your doctor. Do remember no drug comes without potential side effects if used in excess. ...Read more
Not really: Rituxan 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 a biologic therapy, not chemotherapy. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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