Rituxan is given as an infusion in a vein in your arm. You will receive two “starter” infusions—one on the first day of your treatment and another infusion 2 weeks later. You will also be given decreasing doses of steroids.
Twelve months after your starter infusions, your doctor will give you another infusion of Rituxan, called a maintenance dose. If your doctor thinks it is needed, you will receive infusions every 6 months after that. These infusions contain lower doses of Rituxan than the starter infusions.
If you have a flare-up, your doctor can give you another dose of Rituxan sooner. This is called a relapse treatment. It can be given as early as 4 months after your last dose. Your doctor may also decide to restart or increase your steroid dose if you have a flare-up.
Infusions are used to treat many conditions.
A trained healthcare professional will give the infusion in a doctor’s office, infusion center, or hospital. The healthcare professional will also be there to support you throughout the process, so do not hesitate to ask him or her about any questions or concerns you may have.
Infusions can take several hours, so bring something to occupy the time (such as a book, phone, or tablet).
About Infusion-Related Reactions
Rituxan can cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including infusion-related reactions. Infusion-related reactions are very common side effects of Rituxan treatment. Serious infusion-related reactions can happen during your infusion or within 24 hours after your infusion of Rituxan. Your healthcare provider should give you medicines before your infusion of Rituxan to decrease your chance of having a severe infusion-related reaction.
Tell your healthcare provider or get medical help right away if you get any of these symptoms during or after an infusion of Rituxan:
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