... or anything similar to this? Has this given any relief? Is this a good medication to take? I know a patient who wants to take this medicine as a last resort, looking for more help on this.
Mabthera is a brand name for rituximab.
Rituximab, when given together with methotrexate (another drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis), is recommended as a possible treatment for adults with severe active rheumatoid arthritis only if:
* the person has already tried drugs known as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs to treat their rheumatoid arthritis, one of which must have been an ‘anti-TNF’ drug, but these haven’t worked or weren’t suitable
* it clearly improves the person’s condition, and doesn’t need to be given more often than every 6 months
* treatment is supervised by an experienced doctor who specialises in rheumatoid arthritis.
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