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Generic: rituximab
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This medicine changes the way the body's immune system works
               



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What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • low blood counts - this medicine may decrease the number of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. You may be at increased risk for infections and bleeding.
  • signs of infection - fever or chills, cough, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine
  • signs of decreased platelets or bleeding - bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin, black, tarry stools, blood in the urine
  • signs of decreased red blood cells - unusually weak or tired, fainting spells, lightheadedness
  • breathing problems
  • confused, not responsive
  • chest pain
  • fast, irregular heartbeat
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • mouth sores
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • stomach pain
  • swelling of the ankles, feet, or hands
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or other health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • anxiety
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • night sweats

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

               
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