Up to $4,000 a year in co-pay relief
People who start on Rituxan may be eligible to receive a prepaid co-pay card from the RITUXAN EXPERIENCE Program.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Rituxan can result in serious side effects, some of which could be life threatening. These include:
- infusion reactions
- tumor lysis syndrome (TLS)
- severe skin and mouth reactions
- progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)
Other serious, potentially life-threatening side effects are:
- hepatitis B infection that may become active again
- serious infections
- heart problems
- low blood cell counts
Common side effects include infections and infusion reactions. Before treatment with Rituxan, patients should tell their doctor if they have an infection, including one that will not go away or that keeps coming back. If patients experience any symptoms or side effects during or after Rituxan treatment, they should seek immediate medical attention. These are not all of the possible side effects with Rituxan. Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Please read the Rituxan full Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide. If you have any questions about this information, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
WHAT IS RITUXAN?
Rituxan® (rituximab) is a prescription medicine used in adults with another prescription medicine called methotrexate, to reduce the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe active RA, after at least one other medicine called a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor has been used and did not work well enough.
How Rituxan is given
Like many other treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Rituxan® (rituximab) must be given directly into the bloodstream in order for it to be effective. So instead of being taken as a pill or an injection, it is given as an infusion, which is a needle placed in a vein by a healthcare professional.
- Infusions are a relatively common form of treatment used for a variety of conditions.
- They make take more time than other forms of treatment, but in RA they're usually given less often
- Unlike other forms of treatment, infusions are given by a trained healthcare professional who is there with you to help manage the process and monitor for reactions
What you should know about Rituxan infusions
- Your doctor's office will schedule appointments for the first course of treatment (2 infusions), which may be given at your doctor's office, an infusion center, or a hospital
- Each infusion usually takes 4 to 6 hours, so most people take something along to help pass the time, like a book or some music
- There are no special rules for what you can eat or drink before, during, or after an infusion. So some people like to eat before or bring a snack along. Just be sure to check with the facility first that bringing food is OK
- It's important to review the Rituxan Medication Guide with a healthcare provider before each infusion
- Infusion reactions are the most common side effect of Rituxan treatment. Serious reactions can happen during your infusions or within 24 hours after. Your doctor should give you medicines before your infusions to decrease your change of having a severe reaction.
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