Rituxan is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with moderate to severe Pemphigus Vulgaris (PV).

Infusion Experience

Your doctor’s office will schedule appointments for the first course of treatment (2 infusions given 2 weeks apart). Your infusion may be given at your doctor’s office, an infusion center, or a hospital.

Infusions can take several hours, so you should plan accordingly. There are no special rules for what you can eat or drink before, during, or after an infusion. Some people like to eat before or bring a snack along. Just be sure to check with the facility first to see if bringing food is allowed. Due to the possibility of infusion-related reactions, the first infusion may take most of the day, but later infusions may take less time.

Possible Side Effects

As you continue with your Rituxan treatment, it’s important to monitor your progress and remain mindful of how you’re feeling. Rituxan can cause side effects, so be sure to tell your doctor if you experience any discomfort during or after treatment. These are not all of the possible side effects with Rituxan. See below for more important side effect information about Rituxan.

  • Hives (red itchy welts) or rash
  • Itching
  • Swelling of your lips, tongue, throat, or face
  • Sudden cough
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or wheezing
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness or feel faint
  • Palpitations (feel like your heart is racing or fluttering)
  • Chest pain

These are not all the possible side effects with Rituxan.  Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.