Rituxan (rituximab) 

 

How is this medication given:

  • Your first course consists of 2 infusions given 2 weeks apart at our center
  • It takes 4 to 6 hours to be infused, so plan accordingly
  • You may be given additional medicine to make you feel more comfortable
  • Call our office immediately if you experience any side effects
  • You may experience symptom improvement for 6 or more months
  • RA is a chronic condition and you will eventually have to be treated again
  • When symptoms first begin to return, talk with your rheumatologist

 

Indications:

  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

How it works:

B-cells—a type of white blood cell found in the immune system—are thought to play an important role in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rituxan works by targeting specific B-cells and reducing their count in the blood. This limits the immune system’s attack, which limits the pain, symptoms, and joint damage of RA.

 

Where to get additional information about Rituxan: