- What is Rituxan?
- Who is Rituxan for?
- How can Rituxan help people with GPA or MPA?
- How is Rituxan thought to work?
- How is Rituxan given?
- What can I expect with Rituxan infusions?
- Can I take other medicines on the day of my Rituxan infusion?
- What should I know about side effects with Rituxan?
- Are there financial resources to help me get Rituxan therapy?
- Where can I learn more?
Q & A
|Q.||How is Rituxan given?|
Rituxan is given as an IV infusion once weekly for 4 weeks. An IV infusion is given to you through a needle that’s placed in a vein.
|Q.||What can I expect with Rituxan infusions?|
Your first Rituxan infusion may take 3 to 5 hours. The exact duration varies for each patient based on the Rituxan dose you receive.
The first Rituxan infusion is given at a slower rate than following infusions in order to closely monitor for the occurrence of any infusion reactions. Rituxan can cause serious, including fatal, infusion reactions. If symptoms do occur, they are more likely to happen during the first infusion than during following infusions.
To help manage reactions, the infusion is slowed or stopped. It is important that you inform your nurse or doctor if you experience any side effects after your Rituxan infusion.
|Q.||Can I take other medicines on the days of my Rituxan infusions?|
Follow your doctor’s or nurse practitioner’s instructions about taking your medicines, including blood pressure medicine, before your infusion. Talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner about all of your medical conditions, all the medications you are taking, and any vaccinations you, or anyone in your household, have received or are scheduled to receive. Your doctor may prescribe premedications on the day of your infusion. Tell your doctor or nurse practitioner if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, or have taken, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take or have taken:
|Q.||What should I know about side effects with Rituxan?|
When starting a treatment, there are many important factors to understand, consider, and discuss with your doctor or nurse practitioner, including the potential risks and benefits. The FDA-approved Rituxan safety information includes the risk of some potentially serious and life-threatening side effects. With Rituxan, they include the following:
What are the possible side effects of Rituxan?
Rituxan can cause serious and life‐threatening side effects, including:
What are common side effects during treatment with Rituxan?
Other side effects include:
Tell your doctor or healthcare team about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
These are not all of the possible side effects with Rituxan. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA‐1088 or http://www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835‐2555.
Please see the Rituxan Medication Guide including Most Serious Side Effects for additional Important Side Effect Information.
|Q.||Are there financial resources to help me get Rituxan therapy?|
|A.||At Genentech, we develop medicines for serious or life-threatening medical conditions. We believe they should be accessible for the patients who need them. Find out about our different programs that may be able to help you get Rituxan treatment.|
|Q.||Where can I learn more?|
|A.||Your doctor is the single most important source of information available to you. If you are looking to learn more about GPA and MPA, you can also visit the Vasculitis Foundation website. The Vasculitis Foundation is a good source of information for people with all types of AAV.|
Call 1-877-317-5179 to talk about your Rituxan treatment.