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What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking Rituximab:

Always inform your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, any type of infection, had hepatitis B or liver problems, lung or breathing problems, or a history of heart disease or irregular heart beats. The use of rituximab may be dangerous if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Furthermore, some drugs may interact with rituximab. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products during treatment with rituximab.

Some patients treated with rituximab have reported reactivation of the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Individuals who are at high risk of HBV infection (risk factors include, but are not limited to, having unprotected sex with an infected person, sharing needles when injecting illegal drugs, being stuck with a used needle) should be screened before beginning rituximab therapy. Carriers of hepatitis B should also be closely monitored during therapy. Talk to your doctor before taking rituximab if you have hepatitis B or have engaged in activities that may have exposed you to the hepatitis B virus.

Rituximab is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether rituximab will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use rituximab without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Additionally, birth control should be used during and for 12 months following treatment with rituximab.

It is not known whether rituximab passes into breast milk. Do not take rituximab without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

 

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