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A board to discuss the anticipated multiple sclerosis treatment Rituxan.

Side effects from Rituxan?

I am switching from Tecfidera to Rituxan, due to several new brain & spinal cord lesions despite being on Tecfidera for 13 months. I am wondering about possible side effects. My neuro seems to think since it is such an infrequent, low dose I may not experience too many ill effects. Did anyone have any hair loss or hormonal changes for women? Hearing your personal experiences is always more valuable than reading the FDA approved ...
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Rituxan if JC+?

I was diagnosed way back in 1991 (22 years ago). I've been incredibly lucky and "passed" up until about 3 years ago. I'm still mobile but have some balance and drop toe issues. I've been on all of the ABC meds, and am currently on Tecfidera and Ampyra. I developed antibodies to Tysabri on the third infusion. I also just tested positive for the JC virus. My neurologist is recommending Rituxan. She's less concerned with ...
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Rituxan infusion schedule

I'm currently in Gilenya 2 months. I haven't had my blood work to see if I can remain on Gilenya.
I am interested in Rituxan as my neuro has mentioned it.
I was on Tysabri for 73 months and wonder what the dosing schedule is like.
What is a typical Rituxan infusion like?
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NIH study for SPMS underway on experimental drug Rituximab

There are currently no effective treatments for people with secondary-progressive MS who do not experience relapses or who do not have “active” lesions on MRI, however researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland are evaluating the safety and effectiveness of Rituximab (trade names Rituxan and MabThera) – a new experimental drug for treating MS. In this study, Rituximab be delivered intravenously and directly into the cerebrospinal fluid by lumbar puncture of about ...
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Moving to Rituxan from Tecfidera

I have been battling MS since 1999. Finally got diagnosed with SPMS. I have been without a spleen since 1974 due to trauma. Going for Rituxan from Tecfidera. Any tips or advice from those who have tried Rituxan? I know that we have to be weary of severe leucopenia and hepatitis B antibodies.
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FDA adds boxed warning to Rituxan

Boxed Warning of HBV Risk Added to Rituxan
http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealt ... eral/41864

The FDA announced today that rituximab (Rituxan) and ofatumumab (Arzerra) will now carry a boxed warning of the risk for immunosuppression-related reactivation of hepatitis B virus (HBV).

The two agents are anti-CD20-directed monoclonal antibodies used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Rituximab also is used for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, and other conditions.

Reactivation of HPV can occur ...
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Immortalized mser B cells produce brain autoantibodies

Couldn't fit a decent title in...sorry if that was a bit misleading.

Immortalised B cell lines from multiple sclerosis patients produce autoreactive monoclonal antibodies
http://registration.akm.ch/einsicht.php ... KEN_ID=900
B cells and oligoclonal antibodies are present in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients but their target antigens remain unknown. The focus of this study was to produce autoantibodies of MS patients based on B cell immortalization and to ...
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Autoantigen induced clonal expansion in immortalized B cells

Autoantigen induced clonal expansion in immortalized B cells from the peripheral blood of multiple sclerosis patients
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/ar ... 2813001343
We studied Ig heavy chain (VDJ) sequences and antigen reactivity of 412 immortalized B cell lines from the peripheral blood of 10 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, 4 clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) patients and 6 healthy controls (HCs). 78/238 (32.8%) MS and CIS B cell lines were part of 9 clonally ...
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Rituximab kills auto reactive plasma B cells

I was worried about the ebv infected plasma cells escaping rituxan because plasma cells don't usually express cd20. Looks like there is a chance rituxan might kill those buggers after all. :)

Rituximab specifically depletes short-lived autoreactive plasma cells in a mouse model of inflammatory arthritis
http://m.pnas.org/content/107/10/4658.full
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MS-b cell tolerance defect-rituximab efficacy

In a study of 7 ms patients (small!), all tested positive for peripheral B cell tolerance defect. Two also tested positive for central B cell tolerance defect. Study authors propose those with only peripheral B cell tolerance defect will respond favorably and for a longer term to treatment with rituximab. They surmise the new B cells will be normal in those with peripheral B cell tolerance issues...and B cells will continue to be abnormal in ...
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