Hi my aunt has been advised to start Rituximab but is really not sure. I just wanted to know if its really worth it as i know its very strong and has many side effects. I also wanted to know how long does it take to work and also how long does it take to wear off before you need another dose? Shes taking it for Rheumatoid arthritis and is in severe pain and has a lot of swelling.
After my chemo treatment for non Hodgkin lymphoma, I was to go on a two year maintenance program with Rituximab. After 4 infusions I developed mouth ulcers (stomatitis) so severe that I had to be hospitalized due to my inability to eat. In the hospital I was given massive dosages of steroids. About a month and half after my release I had a relapsed, this time in addition to my mouth I had them in my esophagus making extremely painful to swallow even water. It was determined that this is a side effect of the Rituxan. Because my immune system was so compromised by the Rituxan I am now receiving immune globulin treatment. I hope this help
- Rituximab Information for Consumers
- Rituximab Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Rituximab (detailed)
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