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Ocrevus Commercial

Ocrevus Commercial

I never watch TV through my TV carrier. I always watch through my Firecube. No matter what it is, unless it’s something that I record, I’m never on my TV. That being said, it’s also very rare I see commercials. However I was catching up on old Bravo shows that I neither recorded or watched while they aired. On the Bravo app, there’s commercials. When you’re watching an entire season of some thing you end up watching a lot of…

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Rituxan infusion coming up

Rituxan infusion coming up

Good morning and happy hump day to all. Got through the day of exhaustion from therapy yesterday. At least I had a justifiable reason for being fatigued. I even made it to my hair appointment and no more grey hairs, at least for the next 5-6 weeks. My wonderful hair dresser, who is also a good friend, even blew out my hair for me saving me a step so I didn’t have to deal with it myself. I’m almost due…

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More skin issues after Rituxan

More skin issues after Rituxan

Something happened after my Rituxan infusion and whatever it is, it is still happening. https://multipleexperiences.org/2019/09/18/allergic-reaction-to-rituxan/. I’ve continued to get these blisters under my breast since my infusion. https://multipleexperiences.org/2019/09/17/blisters-on-breast/ Each one has left a scar so you can count how many there have been on each side. I’ve changed my bras, changed laundry detergent, even try to go bra less white home, they still come. The good news is I am seeing a dermatologist on Thursday as well as my MS…

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Rituxan infusion in September

Rituxan infusion in September

My next infusion is supposed to be in a few weeks for the full dosage of Rituxan. I called the infusion place that does the schedule for my medicine yesterday hoping to get a jump on things and avoid any issues. This time, for the first time, there shouldn’t be any problems. I haven’t had any insurance changes, Rituxan has already been approved from the last time and I’ve been getting my infusion with this place for a few years…

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Hallelujah Rituxan was approved

Hallelujah Rituxan was approved

It was actually approved for my Rituxan infusion. I will be taking it like the Ocrevus and in a full dosage. I know that my doctor has lowered the amount of steroids I need to take prior to the infusion and I will be taking 250mg. Still a high dosage considering prednisone, the oral steroid pill most people take, is normally issued in a step down pack where the highest dosage is a 10mg pill 6 times a day. Just…

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Patient don’t get a say in treatment course with insurance

Patient don’t get a say in treatment course with insurance

After I spent hours on the phone getting my van taken care of, they finally came to tow it to a place on Long Island instead of New Jersey. I was mentally exhausted. As I am coming back into my condo the phone is ringing. It was my infusion place. The authorization for Rituxan isn’t going to be overnight and my infusion scheduled for Wednesday was canceled. All I could do was laugh. One problem solved another one starts. This…

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Infusion coming up the switch from Ocrevus to Rituxan

Infusion coming up the switch from Ocrevus to Rituxan

So my infusion is coming up and I’m waiting on authorization. I’m switching back to Rituxan hopefully because I personally feel slightly safer on the drug. However I can only imagine what this will do with the authorization of the drug. Ironically my last infusion my pharmacy had Rituxan on the approved list but not Ocrevus. It took my a while to get Ocrevus approved. Now that I’m switching again to a drug that is technically not approved for MS…

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Starting the process for my next infusion-changing from Ocrevus to Rituxan

Starting the process for my next infusion-changing from Ocrevus to Rituxan

I am due in March for my full dose infusion of Ocrevus. A process that has never run smoothly and has caused a lot of aggravation. https://multipleexperiences.org/2018/09/13/no-ocrevus-infusion-today/ https://multipleexperiences.org/2018/09/21/no-ocrevus-infusion-yet/ Those blogs were only my issues with the last time I had the infusion. I had issues every time my infusion was scheduled. Now I’m going back to Rituxan at the full dosage. Rituxan which is technically not approved for MS but I’d prefer to be on for safety reasons. I’ve explained…

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Ocrevus, Rituxan not new drugs

Ocrevus, Rituxan not new drugs

I received an email yesterday about a new drug for progressive MS called Ocrevus. https://www.cbsnews.com/video/new-drug-provides-hope-for-those-suffering-with-ms/I don’t get it, I’ve been on Ocrevus for almost 2 years already. Is it really still new news? I wish I could rave about this drug that it has done wonders for me, but it hasn’t. I haven’t had any relapses and for that I am thankful but it certainly hasn’t halted my progression. I am worse today than I was two years ago. That…

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Rituxan instead of Ocrevus

Rituxan instead of Ocrevus

Going to see my neurologist, on my mind was questions of whether to stay on Ocrevus. I felt if I was still declining so much why be on a drug that can come with some serious side effects. Was the pros still out weighing the cons. I had two other drugs in mind Siponimod and Ibudilast. Both drugs are coming out for secondary progressive. My neuro shot down Siponimod because I was on Gilyenia and it is very similar to…

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