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General Information on Receiving Rituximab

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with rituximab include the following:
 
  • This medicine b comes in injectable form. Your healthcare provider will administer it intravenously via an IV infusion (also known as an "IV drip") that will last for several hours. Your healthcare provider will start the infusion slowly to help avoid reactions to the medication and slowly increase the infusion rate as tolerated.
     
  • The time between rituximab doses will vary, depending on the particular dosing regimen.
     
  • Infusion reactions can sometimes be serious and may cause various side effects, such as:
 
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Itching
    • Low blood pressure
    • Low oxygen levels
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Heart problems.
If anything seems abnormal during your infusion, let your healthcare provider know right away in case it is an infusion reaction.
  • For this medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Missing doses will decrease the effectiveness of rituximab.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or rituximab dosing in general, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.
     
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