What is Rituxan?
Rituxan is an antineoplastic, anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, and DMARD. It is the brand name of the drug rituximab.
What is Rituxan Used For?
Rituxan (rituximab) is used in the treatment of granulomatosis with polyangiitis, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, rheumatoid arthritis, pemphigus vulgaris, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, myasthenia gravis, and Epstein-Barr virus-positive mucocutaneous ulcers. There may be other uses not on this list.
How Does Rituxan Work?
Rituxan works by attaching to a specific protein found on the surface of blood cells, including those with cancer. Once attached, it helps the immune system destroy the cell.
How Long Does it Take for Rituxan to Work?
Patients typically see a reduction in symptoms eight weeks after the first infusion.
Do Not Use Rituxan If:
There are several situations where this medication may not be the right choice for you. According to the FDA, there are no contraindications for the use of this medication.
There may be no technical contraindications but some patients may develop infusion reactions or other reactions over time as a result of taking rituximab.
Please note that this list may not be complete, and there may be other situations where the use of this drug is not advisable.