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A board to discuss the anticipated multiple sclerosis treatment Rituxan.

Very Successful Treatment with Rituxan

I was given my first treatment of Rituxan in January of 2012. Within two days of the first treatment, I had a great elimination of my symptoms. Additionally, I had ABSOLUTELY no reaction during or after to the drug Rituxan. By my third infusion, my body was able to handle the drug in under four hours. I see a doctor out of state, and I was able to immediately get up after each infusion and ...
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first infusion (RRMS)

just had my first infusion today.

i am still classified as RRMS and am probably doing quite well compared to many people who use these boards. however, after 8 years of mostly remission since my initial diagnosis, the last 6 months have been one thing after another -- numb, fumbling fingers; optic neuritis; and most recently weakness in my knees and fatigue after walking moderate distances. none of these have remitted so far-- the optic ...
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Copaxone or Rituxan

I have RR MS and have been using Copaxone for the last 3 years but my last MRI showed two new lesions on my spine. My Doctor has recommended Rituxan. After reading this forum and other information,
I am a little nervous. Has anyone else with RR used Rituxan and what was your experience? I have an appointment tomorrow morning and need to tell my Doctor what my decision? Then I can go forward with ...
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Third PML case reported with Rituximab


A case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) has been reported in a rheumatoid arthritis patient taking rituximab (Rituxan) who had not previously received anti-tumor necrosis factor therapy, according to the FDA and the drug’s manufacturer.

The case is the third seen with rituximab in rheumatoid arthritis, according to a “Dear Healthcare Professional” letter issued by Genentech. The previous two were seen in patients who had received anti-TNF drugs earlier.

PML causes inflammation in the ...
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Rituximab add-on therapy for breakthrough relapsing MS

Rituximab add-on therapy for breakthrough relapsing MS: a 52-week phase II trial



B cells and the humoral immune system have been implicated in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). This study sought to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of add-on therapy with rituximab, a monoclonal antibody that depletes circulating B cells, in subjects with relapsing MS with breakthrough disease defined by clinical and MRI activity (Class III evidence).

METHODS: Thirty subjects with ...
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no relapse

We're into the second week of June. I hope that I'm safe now to post the news that this has been the first in ten years with no spring relapse (my relapses have always been seasonal). I had a Rituximab infusion in October and I've been taking high dose D3 all winter..
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Rituximab may be an effective treatment for SPMS

Targeting B cells implicated in progressive multiple sclerosis with rituximab (Rituxan) therapy might help patients diagnosed with the disease, according to data from a small study reported here.......... ... ageid/1394
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This section is very quiet..

Does no one take this medication?

I had an infusion in November and, according to the studies that I am familiar with, I have an 80% chance of avoiding a relapse next year.

That and vitamin D may help enourmously for the foreseeable future.

But no one seems to interested, why is this?

I suppose no one will read this post anyway..
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first infusion yesterday

Had my first infusion of Rituxan yesterday at UCSF. Had a slight infusion reaction about two hours in that resulted in nothing more than a very itchy throat. They cut the flow, added more Benadryl, and we started again about 20 minutes later. Because of this hiccup whole infusion lasted about 7 hours.

After several denials my insurance (Blue Shield of California) agreed to pay for it thanks to a letter from my neurologist, Dr. ...
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first infusion

I had my first infusion yesterday at the Royal London hospital. I experienced no side effects whatsoever. It took nearly five hours to complete the infusion (600ml commencing with 30ml/hour, increasing by an extra 30 ml/hour every thirty minutes, the titration was slowed for a while due to lowish blood pressure)...
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