CONTINUING TO TAKE RITUXAN
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.
SERIOUS SIDE EFFECT INFORMATION
Rituxan can cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including:
- Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Reactivation: Before you receive your Rituxan treatment, your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check for HBV infection. If you have had hepatitis B or are a carrier of hepatitis B virus, receiving Rituxan could cause the virus to become an active infection again. Hepatitis B reactivation may cause serious liver problems, including liver failure and death. Your healthcare provider will monitor you for hepatitis B infection during and for several months after you stop receiving Rituxan. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get worsening tiredness, or yellowing of your skin or white part of your eyes during treatment with Rituxan.
For more information, please visit the Important Side Effect Information page.