- Are Ocrevus and Rituxan the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Rituxan?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Ocrevus?
- What is Rituxan?
- What is Ocrevus?
- What Drugs Interact with Rituxan?
- What Drugs Interact with Ocrevus?
- How Should Rituxan Be Taken?
- How Should Ocrevus Be Taken?
Are Rituxan and Ocrevus the Same Thing?
Rituxan is used off-label to treat MS.
Rituxan is also used in combination with other cancer medicines to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and in combination with another drug called methotrexate to treat symptoms of adult rheumatoid arthritis.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Rituxan?
Common side effects of Rituxan include:
- stomach pain,
- night sweats,
- muscle or joint pain,
- back pain, or
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 Ocrevus?
Common side effects of Ocrevus include:
- upper respiratory tract infections,
- infusion reactions (itching, rash, hives, redness, bronchospasm, swollen and sore throat, mouth pain, shortness of breath, flushing, hypotension, fever, fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, and fast heart rate),
- skin infections,
- lower respiratory tract infections,
- back pain, and
- pain in the extremities.
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 Ocrevus?
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 Ocrevus?
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 Ocrevus Be Taken?
Hepatitis B virus screening is required before the first dose of Ocrevus. Pre-medicate with methylprednisolone (or an equivalent corticosteroid) and an antihistamine prior to each infusion. The starting dose of Ocrevus is 300 mg intravenous infusion, followed two weeks later by a second 300 mg intravenous infusion. Subsequent doses of Ocrevus are 600 mg intravenous infusion every 6 months.
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Genentech. Rituxan Product Monograph.
Genentech. Ocrevus Product Monograph.