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had my third dose of rituxamb yesterday,usually get out the same day but they kept me in over nite becouse they had to keep stopping treatment cos my blood presure went very high,they said it was a bit unusual becouse blood presure usually falls.only one left how many is the normal amount to have does anyone know i am getting four:eek:
 

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Hi Helen,

The protocol for Rituxan is different everywhere. Mine is administered as two 1000-mg IV infusions separated by 2 weeks. However I have heard of others having 4 infusions. I do not know the time span between those infusions. Maybe someone will be able to answer that for you.

During the infusions my blood pressure bounces around. It has always remained in the normal range though. How long did it finally take to complete round 3? Did you experience any other side effects during the infusion? How are you feeling now?

Good luck! I hope Rituxamb works for you.

Take care,
Lazylegs
 

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Hi Helen

It sounds like you are on the third of four. I have had Rituxan three times. First round was 4 infusions each a week apart. The second was 2 higher dose infusions with two weeks in between. The third time I went back to the four infusion protocol. There are lots of other combinations out there now....some have on-going monthly infusions etc. The 4 infusion protocol is the old standard developed for lymphoma and used on thousands of patients over the years. It has a good safety record. Looks like you have good people watching over your blood pressure. That's a good thing. Hope it works out well for you! Fran
 

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Hi Adaline,

When a patient has failed to respond to the normal medications used to treat Lupus and some of the heavier duty drugs such as Cytoxin or Cell Cept, sometimes Rituxan is used.
The following link will give you a general idea of how it works.

http://uklupus.co.uk/news108.html

Take care,
Lazylegs
 
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