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

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Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Rituximab

All of these are considered immunosuppressive agents since they act by calming down the bodies instigating factor, the immune system which is already acting in an autoimmune fashion.

In brief: Rituximab

All of these are considered immunosuppressive agents since they act by calming down the bodies instigating factor, the immune system which is already acting in an autoimmune fashion.
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