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What is Rituxan

Rituxan is a cancer (antineoplastic) medication. Rituxan interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.

Rituxan is used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Rituxan may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Rituxan

Rituxan should only be administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents.

Serious side effects have been reported with the use of Rituxan including: allergic and infusion reactions (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); lung problems; heart problems; kidney problems; rashes and severe skin problems; and others. Talk to your doctor about the possible side effects from treatment with Rituxan.

What you should find out before taking Rituxan

Do not use Rituxan without first talking to your doctor if you have
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- any type of infection;
- had hepatitis B or liver problems;
- lung or breathing problems; or
- a history of heart disease or irregular heart beats.

The use of Rituxan may be dangerous if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Some patients treated with Rituxan have reported reactivation of the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Individuals who are at high risk of HBV infection (risk factors include, but are not limited to, having unprotected sex with an infected person; sharing needles when injecting illegal drugs; being stuck with a used needle) should be screened before beginning Rituxan therapy. Carriers of hepatitis B should be closely monitored during therapy. Talk to your doctor before taking Rituxan if you have hepatitis B or have engaged in activities that may have exposed you to the hepatitis B virus.

Rituxan is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Rituxan will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use Rituxan without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Birth control should be used during and for 12 months following treatment with Rituxan.

It is not known whether Rituxan passes into breast milk. Do not take Rituxan without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should you use Rituxan

Rituxan should only be administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents.

Rituxan is administered intravenously (into a vein).

Your doctor will determine the correct amount and frequency of treatment with Rituxan depending upon the type of cancer being treated and other factors. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns regarding the treatment schedule.

Your doctor will probably want you to have regularly scheduled blood tests and other medical evaluations during treatment with Rituxan to monitor progress and side effects.

Your healthcare provider will store Rituxan as directed by the manufacturer. If you are storing Rituxan at home, follow the directions provided by your healthcare provider.

If you miss a dose:

Contact your doctor if you miss a dose of Rituxan.

What happens if you overdose:

If for any reason an overdose of Rituxan is suspected, seek emergency medical attention or contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Symptoms of a Rituxan overdose tend to be similar to side effects caused by the medication, although often more severe.

What should you avoid while using Rituxan

There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity during treatment with Rituxan unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Possible side effects of Rituxan

If you experience any of the following serious side effects from Rituxan, contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (including difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; low blood pressure; or hives);
- lung problems (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, increased coughing, or chest pain);
- heart problems (irregular heart beats, chest pain);
- little or no urine production (may indicate kidney problems);
- fever or chills; or
- a rash or skin reaction.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue taking Rituxan and talk to your doctor if you experience:
- nausea or vomiting;
- weakness;
- headache;
- flushing; or
- dizziness.

Other side effects have also been reported. Discuss with your doctor any side effect that occurs during treatment with Rituxan.

What other drugs will affect Rituxan

Other drugs may interact with Rituxan. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products during treatment with Rituxan.

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