CONTINUING TO TAKE RITUXAN (rituximab)
You've seen how the joint pain and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can impact your daily life. But it's also important to consider how RA can affect your body down the road. Even if your symptoms are under control, RA may still be causing permanent damage to your joints. That's why it is so important to talk to your doctor about continuing with Rituxan® (rituximab) in combination with methotrexate.
RA SYMPTOM IMPROVEMENT
As you've learned, Rituxan has been shown to work for up to 6 months after 1 course of treatment (2 infusions given 2 weeks apart). A study showed that at 6 months, 51% of the people taking Rituxan (plus methotrexate) experienced RA symptom improvement (called an ACR20 response) as opposed to 18% of patients taking methotrexate alone.
In a study, Rituxan with methotrexate was proven to slow joint damage for many patients after 1 year of treatment compared to methotrexate alone.
What are the most common side effects during treatment with Rituxan?
- infusion-related reactions
- infections (may include fever, chills)
- body aches
Other side effects include:
- aching joints during or within hours of receiving an infusion
- more frequent upper respiratory tract infections
Please see the Important Side Effect Information page and the Rituxan Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for additional Important Side Effect Information, including Most Serious Side Effects.