... helful? How long must I wait before I start making babies with the treatment.
Hi gloryofgod. I don't personally have rheumatoid arthritis, but osteoarthritis. Your question just intriged me. How much do you know about Rituximab? Have you tried other treatments before? I looked it up for you & am providing the link below. It will tell you you cannot get pregnant while on this drug. My husband uses Enbrel self injected & has good results. Please read this carefully before making a decision on using this particular drug. Wishing you pain free days...
I did 8 treatments of Rituxan (16 infusions). I am 41 and my hubby is retired military. I paid a $24 copay. Praise the Lord cause the treatments were over $72,000 for 2 infusions. You will 1st infusion then 2 weeks later you will get your 2nd infusion. Then you go back in 24 weeks for next treatments. I always tried to go on a Friday so I had the weekend to recover and I wouldn't miss too much work.
I notice some help in beginning... but didn't help enough. Before you get infusion (which last about 5 to 6 hours) they give you tylenol to help with the pain of getting the chemo, and benadryl for any reactions (that ALWAYS made me sleepy) 100mg of prednisone... and 10 minutes into my very first infusion I started throwing up, so I also got a nausea med put in my IV before we started the chemo. About 2 hours after my infusions the side effects began. Vomitting, extreme horrible headache that lasted about 9 hours. My best friend would come over and rub my head for me while I rocked and tried not to cry. I would literally want to bang my head on the floor. I started taking my pain meds to try and take edge of headache, but they didn't really help. :o( And a weird side effect was it felt like someone was running a feather back and forth on my cheeks! Weird! :o) You get forgetful, so I always kept a journal of my side effects. Six months later I couldn't remember if little weird things had happened before. :o)
I have a friend who has been on it for 7 years and it puts in her a remission state... she has occasional flares. So we all are different and react different. She has mild side effects, where I had to weigh whether the treatments were helping enough to endure more treatments and the "after party" with side effects. For me the answer was no.
Since I am "older" I was done with having babies 10 years ago, but I know it is a big no-no on this med. When you are ready to try fo9r babies tell your rhuemi. I believe it has to get totally out of your system. Read as much as you can about it.
Good luck to you! :o)
Praying they find a cure soon.
(Since Rituxan didn't work for me, I have been doing monthly infusions of Actemra.)
- Rituximab Information for Consumers
- Rituximab Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Rituximab (detailed)
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