17 patient evaluations for Rituximab

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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

  • 1 helpful mark

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

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 21, 2009 (Started Dec 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neuromyelitis optica)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle pain, tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: muscle pain, tiredness, tiredness

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 1 helpful mark

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 4, 2008 (Started Jan 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (crash)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Monthly
Advice & Tips: Make sure your providers are monitoring you closely. During my first course of chemo, my blood pressure crashed and I nearly flat-lined. To administer the complete the first day's dose took 8 hours compared with an anticipated 1 hour. Later cycles were easier.

  • 0 helpful marks
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