Cyclophosphamide is chemo that can be given orally or thru an IV. Rituxan is a monoclonal antibody. Do you have more specific questions?
was in the hospital for two months and was being treated with the rituximab I only had two treatments out of six. I was a little nervous knowing it was a form of chemo but I also knew that it had worked well for some people. It didn't for me though I still needed blood transfusions and they still had to remove my spleen. The side effects that I did have from it was more hair loss and my immune system was weak.
Google the actual makers of it. My Dr. at last resort because I had very bad reactions to other biologics like Humira, Remicade they are TNF blockers for inflammation. Rituximad is a biologic too but works on a different receptor ( B cell ). If your wondering... My son is a Bio Chemist. Everything has side affects...all these meds require benydral.... I'm a person who is highly allergic. So using any of these can be bad for me. But the rituximad for me ,, well let's just say my Lupus let up and I didn't have to take it. Remember what works for one person may not for a other.
Every persons Lupus and body are different. Educate yourself about any medicine and don't be afraid to ask your Rhumy questions .... Sending good vibes and preyors
The first medication is a type of chemotherapy that suppresses the immune system, something which is desirable in lupus because our immune systems are over active and confused. The second is a biologic, a mono clonal antibody, that is also used in the treatment of non Hodgkins lymphoma. Again, the side effect is to weaken the immune system which is what we want. They are not the same.
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