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 (which stands for anti-tumor necrosis factor) 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
Results may vary.
Serious side effect information
Rituxan can cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including:
- Infusion Reactions: Infusion reactions are very common side effects of Rituxan treatment. Serious infusion reactions can happen during your infusion or within 24 hours after your infusion of Rituxan. Your healthcare provider should give you medicines before your infusion of Rituxan to decrease your chance of having a severe infusion reaction.
Tell your healthcare provider 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.