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Anyone Been On Rituxan Or Cimzia With Success And Were There Short And/or Long Term Side Effects?

Anyone Been On Rituxan Or Cimzia With Success And Were There Short And/or Long Term Side Effects?

I've pretty much tried all meds over the last 30 years. Some helped awhile then stopped. Many nothing. I do not like the biologics but don't like always hurting and feeling bad either........Any help is appreciated

A myRAteam Member said:

I have been taking Rituxan infusions every six months for the last 6 years. The biggest drawback for me was the inconvenience of the five hour infusions, which meant additional time off from work, as well as the compromised immunity concerns. I have also been taking Plaquenil during the same time period.

My current rheumatologist has suspended my Rituxan treatments until we are able to resolve a chronic sinusitis condition. She also doesn't feel that the Rituxan has been preventing further joint damage since recent x-rays showed advancements in joint erosion. I'm not sure if I will be continuing the Rituxan, or if she will be switching me to something else. Good luck to you, and I hope you find a treatment that will help diminish your pain and feeling unwell.

edited, originally posted over 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I have had RA for 50 years and when first diagnosed I was taking 17-20 aspirin a day. Ever since then, I have not had any drug that has worked for me. I believe this also made me sterile because I couldn't have any children. I am 55 now and wish I had children and grandchildren every day. I would like to feel normal, without pain for just 1 day. Good luck and best wishes.

posted over 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I'm in Rituxan, twice every six month, the very first infussions didn't help that much but as time went on this helped me with a very bad flareup I was.going through.

edited, originally posted over 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Hi Sonja,
I'm sorry not have responded sooner. I did not have any problems with the Rituxan infusions, but they also gave me Benadryl, some sort of GERD med -can't remember what, and Tylenol before starting each infusion. What kind of troubles have you had?

edited, originally posted over 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I was on Cimzia for about a year with no problems. I went back on Remicade because my RA factor was going up so it was not as effective for me as the Remicade.

edited, originally posted over 6 years ago
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