Talking With Your Doctor

If you have Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA) or Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA), Rituxan® (rituximab) plus glucocorticoids may help put your disease in remission. But like other medications, Rituxan may not be right for everyone. To find out if Rituxan is right for you, be sure to talk with your doctor.

You may want to ask your doctor:

  • How B-cell targeted therapy is thought to work
  • How Rituxan is different from other treatments available to you
  • How Rituxan could benefit you
  • How often you will need to receive Rituxan
  • What the potential side effects of Rituxan are
  • If there's anything else you should know about Rituxan

Before receiving Rituxan, tell your doctor if you:

  • Have had a severe infusion reaction to Rituxan in the past
  • Have a history of heart problems, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, or lung or kidney problems
  • Have had an infection, currently have an infection, or have a weakened immune system
  • Have had a recent vaccination or are scheduled to receive vaccinations
  • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Talk to your doctor about effective birth control
  • Are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed
  • Are taking any medications, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements

For more information, check out the frequently asked questions about Rituxan.