WHAT TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR DOCTOR
Rituxan® (rituximab) in combination with methotrexate has helped many people see results, but it's not right for everyone. To help you and your doctor decide if it's right for you, review the following questions at your next appointment. Just remember to be open and honest in your discussion. After all, you know your health as well as anyone, and your input can help you and your doctor make a more informed decision.
QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT RITUXAN
- How is Rituxan different from other rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatments?
- How is Rituxan thought to work?
- What are the potential benefits of Rituxan in combination with methotrexate?
- What are the possible Rituxan side effects?
- What can I expect with Rituxan treatment?
THINGS TO TELL YOUR DOCTOR 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, are scheduled to receive vaccinations, or if anyone in your household recently received or is planning to receive a vaccination
- 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 or have taken any medications, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements
You should also tell your doctor right away if you or anyone you know notices the following symptoms after treatment with Rituxan. They could be signs of a rare, serious brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML):
- Confusion or problems thinking
- Loss of balance
- Change in the way you walk or talk
- Decreased strength or weakness on one side of your body
- Blurred vision or loss of vision