A tip from RISE
A high-fiber diet can help you manage your weight. And keeping your weight down can help put less stress on your joints.
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.
Taking Rituxan for the long term
You've seen how the pain and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can impact your daily life. But it's also important to consider how RA can affect your body down the road. Even if your symptoms are under control, RA may still be causing permanent damage. That's why it is so important to continue with your Rituxan® (rituximab) treatment for as long as it keeps working for you.
Beyond symptom improvement
Rituxan not only gives you 6 months of symptom improvement, but it can also protect your joints by slowing the damage of RA. Studies have even shown that if you continue to take Rituxan, it can continue to help protect your joints and provide the same symptom improvement you've been getting all along.
Be mindful of potential side effects
As you continue to take Rituxan, keep in mind that it may increase your risk of infection. Tell your doctor if you experience a nagging cough, fever, chills, congestion, or any flu-like symptoms. For more information, talk with your doctor, and please see the Rituxan full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide.
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