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 healthcare provider if you:

  • Have had a severe infusion reaction to Rituxan in the past 
  • Have a history of other medical conditions 
  • Have had a severe infection, currently have an infection, or have a weakened immune system 
  • Have had a recent vaccination or are scheduled to receive vaccinations. You should not get certain vaccines before or during treatment with Rituxan 
  • Have taken Rituxan for GPA or MPA in the past 
  • Have any other medical conditions 
  • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks to your unborn baby if you receive Rituxan during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about effective birth control 
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Rituxan passes into your breast milk 
  • Are taking any medications, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements