18 patient evaluations for Rituximab

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smbrunner
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smbrunner
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Left Eye : moderate
Right Eye : moderate
Sensation : moderate
Overall : mild
Swallowing : mild
Arms : mild
Legs : moderate
Bladder/Bowel : moderate
Spinal Cord : mild
I am: g
I have:
NMO

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May 25, 2010 (Started May 22, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Neuromyelitis Optica)
  • side effects
    Severe (Allergic reaction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10000 mg Every 3 months
Advice & Tips: Make sure you are not allergic to the medication. Thought it was just an chronic infusion rxn, when I consulted the allergist, he said I was very allergic to it. Hated to stop the medication as it was very helpful. If you are allergic to guninea pigs/ mice do not take it!
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: Allergic reaction

Mar 7, 2010 (Started May 22, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Neuromyelitis Optica)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Allergic reaction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10000 mg Every 3 months
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Allergic reaction

Mar 5, 2010 (Started May 22, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Neuromyelitis Optica)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Allergic reaction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Every 3 months
Advice & Tips: Due to increased severity of pain from the Devic's uncontrolled with the max dose of 200mcg Fentanyl, it was decided that by neurology to do an early dose of Rituxan. In other words, instead of 3 months, we did the Rituxan in 2 months as in the past this has helped with the pain. The infusion was over 24 hours and I had severe issues with hypotension and ventricular arrythmias, needed increased fluid support and keeps the support meds scheduled at every 6 hours (increased the dosages of Benadryl and demerol, tylenol). Will see if the pain improves!
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Allergic reaction

Feb 28, 2010 (Started May 22, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Neuromyelitis Optica)
  • side effects
    Severe (Allergic reaction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Every 3 months
Advice & Tips: This is the only tx that seems to be best though for some reason my relapses try to recur with two months after the infusion. With the other chemo (MTX) I had too many life threatening infections so I had to stop, I will have to deal with the side effects for now. I do feel great for the first two months after the treatment. Usually the tx is done outpatient, but in my case I must stay inpt and the infusion is done between 12-18 hours due to side effects. Need hydration and cardiac monitoring before, during amd after to help deal/ monitor some of the adverse side effects. Myneurologist doesn't understand these increasing adverse reactions with each successive dose. Afraid to increase the frequency for this reason.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Allergic reaction

  • 2 helpful marks
superstar
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superstar
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Left Eye : mild
Right Eye : mild
Sensation : moderate
Overall : mild
Swallowing : none
Arms : mild
Legs : mild
Bladder/Bowel : moderate
Spinal Cord : mild
I have:
NMO

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Oct 30, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Neuromyelitis Optica)
  • side effects
    Mild (Insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: Has made me feel alot better; however, I still have symptoms from permanet scare tissue damage. However; after my last two treatments: 1) Feb 2) Oct...both MRI's following each treatment showed significant improvement and no activity and no inflamation. I was and am happy with the results. However, if you are thinking about starting this treatment, it is very important to monitor your B cells through monthly Blood Tests to make sure the medication is doing its job and working.
Side effects: Insomnia

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graclyn
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graclyn
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: mild
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: mild
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Dec 31, 2008 (Started May 05, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • side effects
    Mild (Low blood pressure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1000 other Yearly
Advice & Tips: In 2005 when I had this treatment it gave me moderate improvement but this time in 2008 I only had slight improvement and that only seemed to last for not quite a full year, unlike the other time which I had some benefit up to 3 years.
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: Low blood pressure

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Karina2805
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Karina2805
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Mar 1, 2010 (Started Nov 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Respiratory infections)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Weekly
Side effects: Respiratory infections

Dec 9, 2009 (Started Nov 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Respiratory infections)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Got too many respiratory infections after the first dose. Second dose, tomorrow after three weeks
Side effects: Respiratory infections

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Jazz1982
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Jazz1982
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: none
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Jun 14, 2014 (Started Dec 17, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Weakness in left ankle, Muscle rigidity, Heart palpitations)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Yearly
Advice & Tips: Antihistamine, cortisone and panadol must be given 45 minutes prior to treatment. First dose I had no side effects but the second time I just feel confused, voice almost gone, tired, light headed, feverish, fuzzy eyesight, general weakness. It's the day after treatment only but I am just unhappy about it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 2, 2014 (Started Dec 17, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Weakness in left ankle, Muscle rigidity, Heart palpitations)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Yearly

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nursefairy
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nursefairy
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I have:
MS

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Jan 9, 2009 (Started Aug 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • side effects
    Mild (Migraine headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Yearly
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Migraine headaches

Oct 10, 2008 (Started Aug 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Other)
  • side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Yearly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Migraine headaches

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MariaE
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MariaE
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Left Eye : mild
Right Eye : mild
Sensation : moderate
Overall : mild
Swallowing : none
Arms : mild
Legs : moderate
Bladder/Bowel : moderate
Spinal Cord : mild
I am: vg
I have:
NMO

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Jan 21, 2009 (Started Dec 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Neuromyelitis Optica)
  • side effects
    Mild (Tiredness, Muscle pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: Muscle pain, Tiredness, Tiredness

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LSK
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LSK
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: severe
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Nov 1, 2009 (Started May 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Every 3 months
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 18, 2009 (Started May 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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YellowIsJoy
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YellowIsJoy
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 38y
  • Organ: Kidney(3)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
  1. Kidney : 18y Transplanted
  2. Kidney : 17y Transplanted
  3. Kidney : 8y Transplanted
I have:
Kidney Transplant

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Jul 24, 2008 (Started May 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Prevention of recurrence of disease)
  • side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Weekly
Advice & Tips: It's a painless infusion. You don't feel, taste, or smell anything.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Hair loss, Hair thinning, Nausea, Hair curling, Fatigue, Fatigue

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uschiw
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uschiw
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: none
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Oct 22, 2010 (Started Jan 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: i had the rituximab treatment 01.27.10 and 2 weeks later 02.10.2010 the next treatment was given 10.22.2010 and 2 weeks later 11.05.2010 my insurance did not cover at atll nor the infusion time! unfortunately i am still declining…, no relapses… but = this treatment did not work for me
Cost: $200+ monthly

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