Rituxan

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    Brand Name:Rituxan
    Generic:Rituximab
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
1997-11-26 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Genentech Inc.
IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corporation
This drug is available in the following forms:
Injectables
Injectables and Intravenous Injections
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2004/103737_5055lbl.pdf
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2007/103705s5259lbl.pdf

About Rituxan

Rituxan is used for:

Treating patients who have certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It may used alone or in combination with other medicines. It is also used along with another medicine (methotrexate) to treat certain patients who have rheumatoid arthritis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Rituxan is a monoclonal antibody. It works to lower the number of certain types of white blood cells (B cells) in the body. This helps to treat the non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This also helps to decrease pain, swelling, and inflammation in certain patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Side Effects of Rituxan

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

  • Diarrhea;
  • dizziness;
  • flushing;
  • headache;
  • indigestion;
  • lightheadedness;
  • mild fever and chills, especially with the first dose;
  • mild muscle or joint pain;
  • nausea;
  • night sweats;
  • runny nose;
  • throat irritation;
  • vomiting;
  • weakness.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
  • Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue);
  • blurred vision or other vision changes;
  • chest pain;
  • decreased amount of urine or dark urine;
  • fainting;
  • fast or irregular heartbeat;
  • numbness of an arm or leg;
  • persistent muscle, back, or joint pain;
  • red, swollen, peeling, or blistered skin;
  • severe or persistent dizziness;
  • severe or persistent fever, chills, cough, or sore throat;
  • severe stomach pain;
  • severe weakness or fatigue;
  • skin sores or ulcers;
  • sudden leg pain or shortness of breath;
  • sudden severe headache;
  • swelling of the hands, legs, or feet; unusual bleeding or bruising.

Who Should Not Take Rituxan

Do NOT use Rituxan if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Rituxan or to mouse or rat protein
  • you have rheumatoid arthritis, unless you have used other medicines first (eg, tumor necrosis factor [TNF] antagonists) and they did not work well
  • you have active hepatitis B infection

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Interactions with Rituxan

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Rituxan . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Cisplatin because serious kidney toxicity or kidney failure may occur
  • Medicines for high blood pressure because they may increase the risk of low blood pressure when you receive Rituxan
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