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

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Dr. Mehdi Moezi
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: Prophylactic antibio

You may need to take prophylactic antibiotics.
Ask your rheumatologist or if you receive Rituximab at oncology office ask the oncologist.

In brief: Prophylactic antibio

You may need to take prophylactic antibiotics.
Ask your rheumatologist or if you receive Rituximab at oncology office ask the oncologist.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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