RITUXAN: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “After failing all other RA treatments, I was high-dose steroid dependent and running out of options. I’ll admit, the PML risk had scared me off from trying Rituxan sooner; however the increasing (and very real) risk of becoming non-functional scared me more. I began infusions about 4 years ago. While most patients receive concomitant methotrexate therapy, I do not, due to liver damage from previous methotrexate use. Rituxan has improved my quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally. My advanced RA will never allow me to live “normally” but I am the best me I can be with this treatment. Side effects are minimal for me; nausea for a few days after each infusion. That’s my story!”

MsAnna (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 30, 2017

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “I had first infusion with no problems during administration but 2 weeks after I had to go to the E.R. with a heart arrhythmia and had to have my heart shocked back into normal rhythm. Two days later had second infusion with no problems during administration. 2 weeks later same thing…back to the E.R….heart shocked back into rhythm . Heart rate was stuck at 150 bpm. Had to be put in hospital for 4 days to be given an anti – arrhythmic drug that can also cause a fatal arrhythmia. So I would be cautious if you have any type of heart problem prior to taking Rituxan. I will not ever take it again.”

BigPoppy April 16, 2017

For Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma “After 6 rounds of chemo (2 drugs, 2 days – Bendamustine & Retuximab), I had Stage 3 b-cell Lymphoma, I am cancer free. My oncologist wants me to do a maintenance program of the Retuximab every 2 months for 2 years. Is the maintenance necessary?”

SuzRJ (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 25, 2017

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “This is the first day I’ve had ZERO pain in 6 years. I tried Enbrel – good but not strong enough after 2 years. Humira – allergic. I just finished my second infusion from Rituxan. And I am cautiously happy. Absolutely no pain anywhere.”

Nicoco (taken for less than 1 month) February 7, 2017

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “I had my first round 6 months ago sitting here starting my 2nd round as we speak. No side effects and even though my joints are still swollen I feel so much better. My dr is hopeful that this round will help with the inflammation. I’ll get my 2nd dose with this round in 2 weeks!! I’m hopeful and thankful”

Beck beck November 14, 2016

For Rheumatoid Arthritis “Rituxan has completely changed my life for the better. I was in a clinical trial and tried several other medications with some success but my symptoms eventually returned. After four sessions of Rituxan over a two year period I stopped seeing my RA doctor because I had no symptoms. I am now going into my 4th year without pain. I am playing softball, tennis and golf without any pain. I highly recommend this drug to anyone dealing with RA.”

Nosymptoms (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 27, 2015

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