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Any one have knowledge about rituxan (rituximab) for ra?

Approved for RA. Rituximab (rituxan) is approved for rheumatoid arthritis but only for patients who have failed at least one tnf (tumor necrosis factor) agent. It is used along with methotrexate. Talk with your rheumatologist about whether this is appropriate therapy for you. Read more...

After 3rd round rituxan (rituximab) for RA my prob is now freq infections. How to prevend? Would a mask on busrides help?

Frequent infection. Sure. Wear mask on bus rides, be careful with being around sick people or in the crowd. But also, importantly, discuss with your doctor the option of using intravenous gammaglobulin ( ivig) to decrease frequency of infection- especially if you keep getting upper resp infection every 3 months ( 4x/year ) or more- consider ivig . And to check your immunoglobulin level as Rituxan (rituximab) can supress level. Read more...
Prophylactic antibio. You may need to take prophylactic antibiotics. Ask your rheumatologist or if you receive Rituximab at oncology office ask the oncologist. Read more...

Can I receive the shingles vaccine if I have RA a and I am taking methotrexate and rituximab?

No as a general rule. Its best to offer live vaccines such as zostavax prior to initiating therapy with immunosupressive agents. Combination of Rituximab with a live vaccine may cause more harm than good. In rare cases, only your doctor can decide if the benefit of this vaccine outweighs the potential risks. If feasible, Rituximab may be stopped for a few months prior to administering live vaccine. Read more...

Dx w/RA & MALT NHL, severe feet swell, rash and extreme bone/joint pain after 2nd dose of Rituxan (rituximab). Will this go away? How long do side effects last??

If you are having. A side effect of a medication you don't wait for it to go away you inform your physician IMMEDIATELY!!!! Read more...
Let your doctor know. Hypersensitivity reactions can occur with Rituxan (rituximab) particularly after getting a second dose. I'm sure they pre-medicated with steroids but that is not fool proof. Without seeing you it may be just a mild inflammatory reaction from getting a medication like Rituxan (rituximab) which would subside in 7-14 days, but I would call your doctor ASAP to make sure it is not a more serious reaction. Read more...

Sis diagnosis with RA then MALT NHL. Thymectomy, rcvd 2 doses of Rituxan (rituximab). Experiecing bad joint & bone pain, feet swelling and rash after. Will this go away?

Very complicated. Rituxan (rituximab) is a powerful drugs with many effects and side-effects. Yes those problems may be dose-related and may go away depending on the interval between doses, but may re-appear with subsequent doses. And this is assuming Rituxan (rituximab) is the cause. This problem includes the intersection of other drugs and the disease itself. Best left to discuss with your oncologist, especially if this all gets worse. Read more...

Pain in lower left abdomen, lower bck, bright urine. History of auto immune diseases, lupus, ra, raynauds, on rituxan (rituximab). Urinalysis no bladder inf.?

Drug side effect. You may only be constipated. Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (ra). Abdominal pain is a common side-effect of this drug. Bowel obstruction and perforation have been reported much less frequently but can be much more serious. Persistent abdominal pain is a symptom you should report to the physician who prescribed rituxan. 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 (rituximab) cause this?

Rituxan (rituximab) is RA therap. Rituxan (rituximab) is used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). You physician will have you see a rheumatologist to clarify the diagnosis and decide on the best therapy. Rituxan (rituximab) is one of many therapies we use to treat . Read more...

I would like to know advice on taking rituxan (rituximab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

Great choice. Rituxan (rituximab) is a very effective medication for rheumatoid arthritis. People do very well some go into remission. Remission is our goal in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Your rheumatologist will decide with you if this is the best choice for you. Read more...