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Rituximab

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Mabthera® Cancer-related

Rituximab - What is it for

Rituximab is an intravenous targeted medication used alone or in combination with other agents for the treatment of certain types of cancer.

Rituximab - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Rituximab cause?

During infusion

  • Rarely, allergic reaction may occur during the first infusion. Please alert the nurse if you experience any of the following symptoms during infusion:
    • Itchy rashes, flushing, fever, chills and rigors, shortness of breath, feeling dizzy, swelling of eyes or lips 

Early side effects

  • Mild nausea and vomiting may occur
    There are medications available, which may prevent or decrease these side effects. If you are given these medications, take them as directed.
  • Diarrhea may occur
  • Joint and muscle pain or weakness may occur

Delayed side effects

  • A drop in the blood cell counts may occur a few days after treatment.

Please seek medical attention if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever of 38°C or higher
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising, or black tarry stools
  • Severe skin rash with painful blistering or peeling of the skin
  • Palpitations, muscle cramps or seizures
  • Persistent dry cough or shortness of breath
  • Severe abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting

Before taking Rituximab, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Rituximab?

Rituximab - Dosage and How to Use

How should Rituximab be used?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Rituximab - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Rituximab safely?

How should I store Rituximab?

How should I dispose of Rituximab safely?

Rituximab - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, August 17, 2018
  • This article is contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

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