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Rituxan infusion successful

Rituxan infusion successful

I’m happy to report that I have no blisters today. I had three little red marks last night that looked almost like welts. This morning I only saw one. I can’t even begin to tell you the relief that was for me. I will be able to continue Rituxan until something better comes along. That isn’t the greatest statement but it is better than the alternative of putting me on a drug that might not work for me. The infusion…

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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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Allergic reaction to Rituxan

Allergic reaction to Rituxan

So I went to my doctor yesterday for the open sores on my breast. They are actually blisters that have popped and have pus in them. The fourth spot was still in the blister form. The doctor said it was a reaction to Rituxan. As we were sitting there talking, I realized this was the first time I didn’t have Benadryl through the IV. It is shocking to have Benadryl this way because it needs to be administered very very…

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Scared for my Rituxan Infusion

Scared for my Rituxan Infusion

My big box from the pharmacy was delivered yesterday. In it was 250mg Solumedrol, 600mg of Rituxan, and a whole bunch of syringes and needles. I’ve done these infusion for years now. I’ve done Solumedrol infusion for even longer. This time opening the box made my stomach drop. I’m dreading this infusion. I’ve done it so many times yet this time I really don’t want to do it. I’m a little afraid. Years ago I was coming off of a…

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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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An end to a stressful week

An end to a stressful week

Today my van is getting delivered back to me. It seems that the circuit breakers under the floor were water logged. I can’t explain how but the switches needed to be replaced. They kept the car for an extra day testing everything out and hopefully this won’t be a problem again. I am doing my Rituxan infusion later this evening but I am doing at home. That makes a five plus hour infusion so much better. I get to be…

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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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