Here you'll learn all you need to know to have an informed discussion with your doctor about Rituxan® (rituximab)—a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment. Rituxan is used with methotrexate to treat moderate to severe RA in adults, after another type of treatment called an anti-TNF hasn't worked well enough. People with serious infections should not receive Rituxan.
I DID NOT RESPOND WELL ENOUGH TO AN ANTI-TNF, NOW I’M ON RITUXAN AND IT’S WORKING FOR ME.
taking Rituxan with methotrexate to treat his RA
Serious side effect information
Rituxan can cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including:
Infusion Reactions: Infusion reactions are the most
common side effect of Rituxan treatment. Serious infusion reactions
can happen during your infusion or within 24 hours after your
infusion of Rituxan. Your doctor should give you medicines before
your infusion of Rituxan to decrease your chance of having a severe
Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you get any of these symptoms during or after an infusion of Rituxan:
- Hives (red, itchy welts) or rash
- Swelling of your lips, tongue, throat, or face
- Sudden cough
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or wheezing
- Dizziness or feel faint
- Palpitations (feel like your heart is racing or fluttering)
- Chest pain
For more information, please visit the important side effect information page.