WHEN TO RECEIVE YOUR NEXT COURSE
Rituxan® (rituximab) is typically given every 6 months, or based on your doctor's evaluation of your symptoms (but no sooner than every 4 months). Based on how you're feeling and your other medical conditions, you and your doctor can determine if and when you should start another course of treatment. So if you feel your symptoms starting to return, be open and honest about it with your doctor. It'll help you make a more informed decision, together.
STICKING TO YOUR RA TREATMENT PLAN
Whatever you and your doctor decide about how often you should be treated, it's important to follow that schedule.
A study showed that, of the people who saw improvement from their first course of Rituxan (plus methotrexate) and then went on to receive a second course, 54% saw an additional 6 months of improvement (as opposed to 45% of people who received methotrexate alone).
And remember, even if you're not experiencing symptoms, RA can still cause damage to your joints.
SERIOUS SIDE EFFECT INFORMATION
Rituxan can cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including:
Severe Skin and Mouth Reactions: Tell your doctor or
get medical help right away if you get any of these symptoms at any
time during your treatment with Rituxan:
- Painful sores or ulcers on your skin, lips, or in your mouth
- Peeling skin
For more information, please visit the important side effect information page.