RITUXAN (rituximab) POTENTIAL BENEFITS
As you begin your Rituxan® (rituximab) treatment, you may be wondering when you may see results and how long they might last. In studies, people who were treated with Rituxan also received methotrexate and glucocorticoids, a type of steroid. At the time of their first checkup—8 weeks after their first infusion—many of those people had seen an improvement in their symptoms. And up to 6 months later, many were still experiencing improvement. Individual results may vary. See below to read more about the results of that trial.
UP TO 6 MONTHS OF SYMPTOM IMPROVEMENT
Rituxan has been shown to provide up to 6 months of symptom improvement from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 1 course of treatment (2 infusions, given 2 weeks apart). In fact, 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 people taking methotrexate alone.
A study also 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).
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.