Your RITUXAN Infusion
The first infusion of RITUXAN is given slowly. If there is a reaction, the infusion is slowed or stopped. The first treatment may take 4 to 6 hours or more. Your doctor should prescribe medicines before each infusion of RITUXAN to reduce side effects of infusions (such as fever and chills). Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you get any of these symptoms during or after an infusion of RITUXAN:
- Hives (red, itchy welts) or rash
- Swelling of your lips, tongue, throat, or face
- Sudden cough
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or wheezing
- Dizziness or feel faint
- Palpitations (feel like your heart is racing or fluttering)
- Chest pain
These reactions are usually manageable. After your first treatment, your body may become more used to RITUXAN and treatments may take less time. But everyone is different, and some treatments may be shorter or longer.
Most reactions happen during the first RITUXAN infusion. Other rare, but serious, side effects can occur. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all of the side effects that are possible, even after the first RITUXAN infusion.