What is Rituximab?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Rituxan Mabthera

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See also: DRC protocol FCMR protocol ILD Phase II/III Rituximab Versus Cyclophosphamide RECITAL Study R-CVP protocol RT protocol

Rituximab is a medication in a class of medications called monoclonal antibodies and given by infusion. It is used in the treatment of non-Hodgkins lymphoma and also in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple Sclerosis 96 65
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 74 39
Neuromyelitis Optica 55 32
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 18 8
CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) 15 7
Follicular Lymphoma 12 6

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 29
Moderate 34
Mild 61
None 71

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rituximab

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 25
Nausea 18
Headaches 8
Allergic reaction 7
Flu like symptoms 6
Hair loss 4

Show all 120 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rituximab

Dosage Patients
10 mg every 6 months 8
1,000 mg every 6 months 5
10 mg every 3 months 3
1,000 mg every 3 months 2
1,000 mg every other week 2
100 mg every 6 months 2
10mg/mL as needed 2
2,000 mg every 6 months 2
2 Chemo cycles yearly 1
1 mcg every 8 weeks 1

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Why patients stopped taking Rituximab

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 55
Did not seem to work 34
Doctor's advice 27
Side effects too severe 24
Other 15
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 4
Personal research 2
See all 138 patients who’ve stopped taking Rituximab

Duration

Currently taking Rituximab

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Rituximab

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 56
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 170
Usually 8
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 17
Somewhat hard to take 58
A little hard to take 65
Not at all hard to take 55
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 32
$100-199 11
$50-99 5
$25-49 2
< $25 57
Not specified 88

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rituximab after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 9
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 7
Abatacept (Orencia) 5
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 5
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 4

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Rituximab and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Ibrutinib (Imbruvica) 3
Tocilizumab (Actemra) 3
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 2
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 2
Abatacept (Orencia) 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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18 patient evaluations for Rituximab

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J.Marley
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J.Marley
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
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Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
Parkinson's

See J.Marley's full Rituximab history

Jan 29, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Follicular Lymphoma)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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gummitarzan
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gummitarzan
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 69
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See gummitarzan's full Rituximab history

Sep 24, 2016 (Started Sep 11, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I had 2 infusions, 14 days apart. And that was it. The effect was not worth the price according to my rheumatologist (I paid nothing myself)
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2014 (Started Sep 11, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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tlheyne
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tlheyne
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 62
Condition: Transverse Myelitis 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Transverse Myelitis

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Mar 24, 2016 (Started Feb 25, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Transverse Myelitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Every 6 months
Advice & Tips: I haven't had any side effects. I cannot tell if there are any unexpected benefits. It takes a full day for me to drive to where my infusion takes place, then drive home. The hospital is 1 1/2 hours one way. The infusion itself takes 6 hours, a week apart. Then the same drive time back home.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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