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Rituxan Intravenous Solution

Rituxan (rituximab) is a member of the antirheumatics drug class and is commonly used for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Follicular Lymphoma, and others.

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What is Rituxan?


Rituxan (rituximab) is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Rituxan injection is a prescription medicine used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat the following conditions in adults:

non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukemia;

rheumatoid arthritis;

certain rare disorders that cause inflammation of blood vessels and other tissues in the body; or

a severe autoimmune reaction that causes blisters and breakdown of the skin and mucous membranes.

It is not known if Rituxan is safe and effective in children.

Important Information
Rituxan may cause a serious brain infection that can lead to disability or death. Call your doctor right away if you have problems with speech, thought, vision, or muscle movement. These symptoms may start gradually and get worse quickly.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had hepatitis B. Rituxan can cause this condition to come back or get worse.

Severe skin problems can also occur during treatment with Rituxan. Call your doctor if you have painful skin or mouth sores, or a severe skin rash with blistering, peeling, or pus.

Some side effects may occur during the injection or within 24 hours afterward. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, weak, light-headed, short of breath, or if you have chest pain, wheezing, sudden cough, or pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest.

Before taking this medicine
Rituxan may cause a serious brain infection that can lead to disability or death. This infection may be more likely if have used an immunosuppressant drug in the past, or if you have received Rituxan with a stem cell transplant.

You should not be treated with Rituxan if you are allergic to rituximab.

To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

liver disease or hepatitis (or if you are a carrier of hepatitis B);

kidney disease;

lung disease or a breathing disorder;

a weak immune system (caused by disease or by using certain medicines);

an active infection, including herpes, shingles, cytomegalovirus, chickenpox, parvovirus, West Nile virus, or hepatitis B or C;

heart disease, angina (chest pain), or heart rhythm disorder; or

if you have used rituximab in the past.

Do not use Rituxan if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine and for at least 12 months after your last dose.

Rituxan side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Rituxan: hives; chest tightness, trouble breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Some side effects may occur during the injection (or within 24 hours afterward). Tell your caregiver right away if you feel itchy, dizzy, weak, light-headed, short of breath, or if you have chest pain, wheezing, sudden cough, or pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest.

Rituximab may cause a serious brain infection that can lead to disability or death. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms (which may start gradually and get worse quickly):

confusion, memory problems, or other changes in your mental state;

weakness on one side of your body;

vision changes; or

problems with speech or walking.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these other side effects, even if they occur several months after you receive Rituxan, or after your treatment ends.

fever, chills, cold or flu symptoms, cough, sore throat, headache, earache;

pain or burning when you urinate;

painful skin or mouth sores, or a severe skin rash with blistering, peeling, or pus;

redness, warmth, or swelling of the skin;

severe stomach pain, vomiting, constipation, bloody or tarry stools;

chest pain, irregular heartbeats;

dark urine, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);

low red blood cells (anemia) - pale skin, unusual tiredness, feeling light-headed or short of breath, cold hands and feet; or

signs of tumor cell breakdown - confusion, weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, fast or slow heart rate, decreased urination, tingling in your hands and feet or around your mouth.

Common Rituxan side effects may include:

fever, chills, body aches, anemia, infections;

nausea, diarrhea;

swelling in your hands or feet;

feeling tired;

joint pain, muscle spasms; or

cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

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