Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL): alone or with other chemotherapy medicines.
People with serious infections should not receive RITUXAN.
RITUXAN (rituximab) is a type of antibody therapy that can be used alone or with chemotherapy. They work in different ways to find and attack the cells where cancer starts.
RITUXAN targets and attaches to the CD20 protein found on the surface of blood cells with cancer and some healthy blood cells. Once attached to the CD20 protein, RITUXAN is thought to work in different ways including:
In addition, RITUXAN (rituximab) can also harm healthy cells in your body.
RITUXAN is not chemotherapy. RITUXAN is a type of antibody therapy that targets and attaches to the CD20 protein found on the surface of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) cells and some healthy blood cells. Once attached to the CD20 protein, RITUXAN works in 2 different ways:
In addition, RITUXAN can also harm healthy cells in your body.
Your doctor may prescribe chemotherapy along with RITUXAN.
This depends on your type of cancer and the treatment you have had. During treatment, you may have a combination of side effects from both chemotherapy and RITUXAN. Follicular lymphoma patients whose initial treatment with RITUXAN + chemotherapy was successful and who use RITUXAN alone as maintenance therapy will not have side effects from chemotherapy because these patients will no longer be receiving chemotherapy. These patients, however, still may experience side effects from RITUXAN.
Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Please see Important Safety Information for RITUXAN below.
RITUXAN is available by prescription only.
RITUXAN is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with:
It is not known if RITUXAN is safe and effective in children with CLL.
RITUXAN can cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including:
Before receiving RITUXAN, tell your healthcare provider if you:
RITUXAN can cause serious side effects, including:
Your healthcare provider will stop treatment with RITUXAN if you have severe, serious, or life-threatening side effects.
Other side effects include:
These are not all of the possible side effects with RITUXAN.
Please see the RITUXAN full Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide, for additional Important Safety Information.
You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.
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