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What are some of the longterm side effects of rituxan (rituximab)?

What are some of the longterm side effects of rituxan (rituximab)?

Not common: The long-term side effects are uncommon though can be serious. These include: low immunoglobulin levels, pml (brain infection caused by jc virus), reactivation of hepatitis b infection with resulting liver damage in previously infected patients, and uncommon other serious bacterial, viral and fungal infections. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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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I have heard chemo has very bad side effects.My dad just had his first chemo with rituximab+chop.Its been 2 days and hes not that bad.Is that normal?

I have heard chemo has very bad side effects.My dad just had his first chemo with rituximab+chop.Its been 2 days and hes not that bad.Is that normal?

Yes: R-chop is a generally well tolerated chemotherapy regimen. Rituximab can lead to allergic-type reactions with the first dose. Hair loss will begin about 3 weeks after the first r-chop dose. Fatigue and low blood counts may occur as your dad goes through treatment. ...Read more

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Any side effects from rituxan (rituximab) therapy?

Mostly infusion rxns: Rituxan is given intravenously slowly at first to look for common immediate reactions like chills, fever, shakes, itching, hives, headache all of which could be prevented or lessened by giving premedications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and steroids. Reactivation of hepatitis b, lowering resistance to infections, rapid destruction of tumor cells causing i'll effects to organs (tumor lysis) can also occur. ...Read more

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How long after rituxan (rituximab) treatment will the side effects go away?

How long after rituxan (rituximab) treatment will the side effects go away?

Most likely.: What side effects do you speak of? Most side effects of Rituximab occur during the infusion itself; I have very few folks complain of anything afterwards except maybe fatigue (that is if they receive Rituximab by itself). It does suppress the b lymphocytes for months but usually that translates into nothing. Patients who have had heart pain or irregular heartbeats in the past may experience .Reed. ...Read more

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How long after treatment with rituxan (rituximab) will side effects go away?

What SE?: What side effects (from rituximab)? About 25% of people will have an "infusion reaction" on initial dose with possible hives, shortness of breath, shaking, etc. That is usually not a condition that persists after the infusion is completed. Other side effects can come from killing cancer cells quickly such as tumor lysis syndrome, or some more rare long term Rituximab side effects? ...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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