rituximab - injection, Rituxan (cont.)
SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.Headache, fever, chills, nausea, heartburn, flushing, weakness, or dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: back/joint/muscle pain, increased thirst/urination, swelling of the hands/feet, tingling of the hands/feet.If you have a current or past infection with hepatitis B or other virus infections (e.g., herpes, JC virus), rituximab may infrequently cause the infection to return or worsen. This may happen during treatment or up to 1 year after treatment is finished. Very serious liver disease could occur. If you have hepatitis B, you may be given antiviral medications to control the disease. Get medical help right away if you develop signs of a new or returning infection or liver disease such as: persistent stomach/abdominal pain, extreme tiredness, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin.This medication can cause a decrease in blood cells (cytopenia), which can cause bleeding problems and lower the body's ability to fight an infection. This serious side effect can happen days, weeks, or months after your treatment has finished. Notify your doctor promptly if you develop any of the following side effects: easy bleeding/bruising, black/tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, signs of an infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat, painful urination).A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but get medical help right away if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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