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Davita28
02-10-2009, 02:52 PM
has anyone ever taken or is taking a medicine called rituxan.if so what is your take on it. my doctor wants me to look into it.

iseedeadmonkeys
02-23-2009, 09:43 AM
Sorry for late reply....

I only discovered what med this was last night when my friend mentioned it in a convo we were having, then i rememebered this post!

Have you started on it yet?
im intrested as i kno the risks of an adverse reation are quite high,

please let us know if have started on it

cheers
ISDM

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preshad
03-16-2009, 10:42 PM
Rituxan all most killed me. I found out through experience something that was confirmed by my Rheumatologist.--Many lupus people have something called Antiphospho lipid syndrome, which simply means we carry antibodies that causes blood clots to form.
I was given Rituxan as a chemotherapy drug. Apparently it interacted with my blood clotting problem and gave me three cerebral strokes. Before any of you consider taking this drug, I encourage you to ask your doctor to test your blood for APS(antiphospholipid syndrome antibodies). I didn't know I had it until I was tested.It too is an auto-immune situation that seems to go along with lupus. Good luck. God bless.
Preshad

Loverly83
03-21-2009, 04:06 PM
Were they sure it was the Rituxan that caused the strokes? I have APS as well, and I am going to be starting Rituxan this summer (after my insurance finishes the pre-cert process).

From what I've read Rituxan is actually used to treat APS, and has been shown to be succesful in many cases.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16465669
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/538526

I'm not a doctor, so of course, I'm not saying the Rituxan wasn't the culprit in your case, but since I am starting Rituxan soon I've been researching it a lot and was baffled (and a little scared!) when I read your post.