In clinical trials of Rituxan, it was found that patient's symptoms had signficantly improved after 24 weeks. I don't know if this is how long it takes before you see any improvement, but it does say to me that you have to give the drug some time before you can expect significant improvement.
Your doctors are right, however, that everyone reacts differently to Rituxan because everyone's chemical make-up is different.
Now, you mentioned "roid-rage" with your steriod. I do not know what type of steroid you are using, but in cases of steroids for auto-immune diseases, we use corticosteroids. These steroids DO NOT cause "roid-rage" like anabolic steroids do. The steroids used for auto-immune diseases (corticosteroids) are a class of steroid hormones that are produced naturally by the body in the adrenal cortex. Corticosteroids are used for a wide range of physiologic systems such as stress response, immune response and regulation of inflammation, carbohydrate metabolism, protein catabolism, blood electrolyte levels.
Anabolic steroids mean steroids that build muscle, retain protein, and
corticosteroids are so-called catabolic. They break down tissue. They're basically used for anti-inflammatory effects. People on corticosteroids for any length of time, may get muscle weakness and their body may go through changes which are quite the opposite of what you see with anabolic steroids. The primary connection between corticosteroids and behavior are the user's susceptibility to stress and enhanced or reduced responsiveness to environmental influences.
I don't believe that the shorthand-word "steroids" should ever be used when referring to corticosteroids because the public has been confused, and many people who are taking corticosteroids for a variety of medical illnesses are of the belief that they're going to get all these horrible side effects that people talk about in terms of anabolic steroids (like "roid rage").
I am not, by any means, dismissing your emotional upheavals. They are very real and are more likely caused by the disease and not the corticosteroids. Anxiety, depression, anger, and sometimes aggressive behavior have been found to be symptoms of auto-immune disorders and are most likely due to CNS involvement of the disease.
I hope that I've answered your questions :lol:
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