What is Mabthera?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Rituximab

Mabthera is an international brand name for rituximab, a monoclonal antibody. 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
Rheumatoid arthritis 4 2
Multiple sclerosis 2 4
Autoimmune disease undefined 1 0
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura 1 0
Neuromyelitis optica 1 1
Polyarticular onset juvenile arthritis 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mabthera

Side effect Patients
Muscle pain 1
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 1
Tiredness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mabthera

Dosage Patients
10 mg every 6 months 1
500 mg every 6 months 1

Why patients stopped taking Mabthera

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
Other 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped taking Mabthera

Duration

Currently taking Mabthera

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Mabthera

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 7
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 3
Not specified 1

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mabthera after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 1
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Mabthera

Sep 24, 2016 (Started Sep 11, 2014)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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