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A board to discuss the anticipated multiple sclerosis treatment Rituxan.

Long term effects

I was recently approved for this medication. I am also on the much younger spectrum in the population of MS.
Does any one have any long term experience with the medication?

For example:
Can I go into remission? Is this decided on MRIs?
How are organ functions long term?
Long term side effects if I come off the medication?
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Rituximab ‘superior to all other DMTs...'

Rituximab ‘superior to all other DMT in terms of drug discontinuation’ study finds

Scientists have conducted a study that looks at how traditional initial disease modifying treatment (DMT) choices, including dimethyl fumarate, fingolimod, or natalizumab compare with rituximab in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) in terms of drug discontinuation and clinical efficacy…Read more -

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Anyone getting Rituximab for PPMS?

I know the FDA has fast tracked the ocrelizumab trials but is there anyone out there with PPMS or SPMS getting the infusions?

I know of someone about to start after working through the "insurance system" with their Neuro. If so, how is it working and how are the side effects?

I thought there would be more chatter on this site about the impending first drug approved for PPMS. I know about the studies, I ...
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Progressive MS trial of Rituximab is stopped

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) say a small clinical trial of a progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment has been stopped early due to poor results. The trial was evaluating the drug Rituximab for its efficacy in depleting harmful immune cells and decreasing nerve damage in MS patients. The results were published in an article titled Insufficient Disease Inhibition By Intrathecal Rituximab In Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in the journal The Annals of Clinical ...
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Time it Takes for Rituxan to Work on MS

This month I had my first two infusions of Rituxan to treat my RRMS and I am wondering how long before I 'feel better?' Should it be immediate - once the B cells are targeted/depleted? Or is there a delay if you've been living with some activity at the time of treatment?

I ask primarily because I tend to respond immediately to IV steroids when given for a relapse. My dizziness, strength, coordination and diplopia ...
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Rituxan: Don't count it out as multiple sclerosis treatment

Numerous presentations at the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) meeting made it plain that the anti-CD20 biologic drug ocrelizumab may not have the field to itself, if and when it is approved for marketing... Read more -
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"Inexpensive" B cell depletion. Low dose IT rituxan... ... 003053.pdf
Rapid depletion of B lymphocytes by ultra-low-dose rituximab delivered intrathecally
Objective: We are conducting an open-label phase 1b study on the efficacy of intrathecal (IT) administration of rituximab, provided via an Ommaya reservoir, for the treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis (PMS). The objective of this initial study was to monitor B lymphocytes in peripheral blood (PB) and CSF from the first 10 patients 1 year ...
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Need feedback on the use of Rituxan

My neuro made a personal call to me this morning. My ms is acting particularly aggressive lately. He wants me to start rituxan. Does it work for you? What side effects have you experienced? How often have you had treatment? Do you get treatment intraveneously or intrathecally? Do they even offer this treatment intrathecally? I want to go in with my eyes wide open.

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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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