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Rituxan vs. Gazyva

Are Rituxan and Gazyva the Same Thing?

Rituxan (rituximab) and Gazyva (obinutuzumab) are monoclonal antibodies used to treat different kinds of cancer.

Rituxan used in combination with other cancer medicines to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Rituxan is also used in combination with another drug called methotrexate to treat symptoms of adult rheumatoid arthritis.

Gazyva is used in combination with chlorambucil to treat patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Rituxan?

Common side effects of Rituxan include:

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Rituxan including:

  • increased thirst or urination,
  • swelling of the hands or feet, or
  • tingling of the hands or feet.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Gazyva?

Common side effects of Gazyva include:

What is Rituxan?

Rituxan (rituximab) is a cancer medication used in combination with other cancer medicines to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Rituxan is also used in combination with another drug called methotrexate to treat symptoms of adult rheumatoid arthritis.

What is Gazyva?

Gazyva (obinutuzumab) Injection is a monoclonal antibody used in combination with chlorambucil to treat patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

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What Drugs Interact With Rituxan?

Rituxan may interact with cisplatin, adalimumab, auranofin, azathioprine, cyclosporine, etanercept, infliximab, leflunomide, minocycline, sulfasalazine, blood pressure medications, or medication to treat malaria.

What Drugs Interact With Gazyva?

Gazyva may interact with other drugs.

Gazyva may also interact with atropine, belladonna, benztropine, dimenhydrinate, methscopolamine, scopolamine, bladder or urinary medicines, bronchodilators, irritable bowel medicines, or ulcer medications.

How Should Rituxan Be Taken?

Rituxan is administered under a physician's supervision. The dose of Rituxan varies depending on the disorder being treated and the number of infusions (doses) needed.

How Should Gazyva Be Taken?

Each dose of Gazyva is 1000 mg, administered intravenously, with the exception of the first infusions in cycle 1, which are administered on day 1 (100 mg) and day 2 (900 mg).

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References
SOURCE:

Genentech. Rituxan Product Information.

www.rituxan.com/

Genentech. Gazyva Product Information.

https://www.gazyva.com
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