What is rituximab and why is it prescribed?
Rituximab is a type of biological therapy. It removes B-cells and helps to reduce the inflammation that causes joint pain and swelling. Read more
How do I take rituximab and how long does it take to work?
Rituximab is usually given as two infusions, two weeks apart. If you respond to it, you’ll probably feel better within 2–16 weeks. Read more
What are the possible risks and side-effects of rituximab?
Most people don't have any side-effects from rituximab, but a small number of people experience fever, wheeziness, a rash or fall in blood pressure during or shortly after the infusion. It can also make you more likely to develop infections. Read more
Can rituximab affect other medicines and treatments?
Rituximab may be prescribed alongside other drugs such as methotrexate. However, some drugs may interact with rituximab, so check with your doctor before starting any new medications. Live vaccines aren't usually recommended, but if necessary may be done between courses of rituximab. Read more
Can I drink alcohol while I'm on rituximab?
You can drink alcohol while on rituximab but you should keep within the recommended limits if you’re also taking methotrexate. Read more
Does rituximab affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Current advice is to avoid rituximab during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. However, it's unlikely to be harmful if taken in the early stages of pregnancy. Read more