Rituxan 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.
How Rituxan is given as an induction treatment
Rituxan is given as an intravenous (IV) infusion once weekly for 4 weeks to induce remission if you have active GPA or MPA.
An IV infusion is given to you through a needle that's placed in a vein. Here are some things you should know about IV infusions:
How Rituxan is given as a follow-up treatment
The dosing for Rituxan is slightly different if your GPA or MPA is already under control. Your doctor may start by giving 2 IV infusions, 2 weeks apart. After that, you will receive a single IV infusion every 6 months or based on your doctor's evaluation of your symptoms.
GPA, granulomatosis with polyangiitis; MPA, microscopic polyangiitis.
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