AFTER YOUR FIRST 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:
Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML): PML
is a rare, serious brain infection cause by the JC virus. People
with weakened immune systems can get PML. Your chance of getting PML
may be higher if you are treated with Rituxan alone or with other
medicines that weaken your immune system. PML can result in death or
severe disability. There is no known treatment, prevention, or cure
Tell your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms or if anyone close to you notices these symptoms:
- 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
For more information, please visit the important side effect information page.