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Does having rituximab lower your immune system afterwards?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
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In brief: 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.

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

In brief: Rituximab

It does work by suppressing the bodies own defense mechanisms, the immune system, but they are given due to an immune system already acting in an autoimmune fashion by attacking itself.

In brief: Rituximab

It does work by suppressing the bodies own defense mechanisms, the immune system, but they are given due to an immune system already acting in an autoimmune fashion by attacking itself.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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