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First-Line Rituximab Bests Other MS Drugs in Sweden

First-Line Rituximab Bests Other MS Drugs in Sweden

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Essentially, small study that showed rituxan to best other injectable and oral meds in both outcome and safety in 2 counties in Sweden. Recommendations re to consider rituxan or by default ocrevus as first line options.

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Thank you, Liz!

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@erash Thankyou, good article, very helpful information for people with RRMS. Blessings Jimeka πŸ¦‹ 🌈

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Thank u erash really good article and a very interesting read 😊

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I wonder how many on this forum are using/have used this and what their outcomes have been. What is their cost for the med, did they need to discontinue it, and why? Lots of questions!

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Interesting read, enjoy the information. Brings up lots of questions πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ Thanks Ken πŸ‘πŸ™

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I didn’t see the side effects listed. What known problems come with this medication?

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Sorry I don't remember the possible side effects, however do a search on your search engine of choice. plenty of information on line. Please know it is an off label use for MS.

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I've been on rituxan for 2 years now, I love it. It is an infusion so ever six months for about 5+ hours. No side effects for me. I have SPMS. I'm not sure it is the best choice for RRMS but it is the only choice for SPMS [ I believe]

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Oops, just read the story. Based on that and my own experience with the rituxan therapy, it would be my first choice if I were just diagnosed with RRMS. I wish I knew about it back in 2007.

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besides limited side effects, what are other benefits you perceive? improvements? stabilization? Thanks Ms-Indestructible

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my doctor uses 2-3 cocktail of meds just prior to infusion to help with any possible side effects and to make the infusion better. I don't have the list of these drugs but they are pretty standard for other doctors using this therapy. I can contact my doctor if they can't be found. I allow myself 1 day of recovery, usually to sleep. But I don't always need it.

Wow, okay first I only need 1 day to recover every six months as apposed to 2 days per week on other DMTs. Less relapsing, and more energy. Being much more active. Before I was spending 85 to 90% a day in bed, now about 40-45%. Less of a "foggy brain" with more clearer thinking. No more daily or weekly shots to give to myself [also more free time to myself not dealing with theses time issues for the shots (plus time scheduling)]. COST. I pay $12.00 every six months as a copay for the meds involved including the rituxan mix. My health plan pays 100% for out patient treatment. Ability to participate in life better (Socialize).

Overall I feel more "normal" than ever before.

I hope this helps.

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Thanks for bringing this therapy more attention to other MSers. I can't be more thankful for this treatment.

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Oh, my deep depression issues seem to be easier managed. Instead of therapy for depression of 2-3 time a week to once or twice a month. Still very depressed but not so captivating.

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Ms-Indestructible wonderful!!!🌈

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erash That drug is what my MS Neuro said he thinks would be best for me. I will find out at October if I will get approved to take it. Because of my age, he said he'd have to pull strings to get me approved by UCSF and my insurance, etc. I have to remind him and all others concerned, they just don't realize how athletic I was before MS landed on me just 2 years ago!

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Check out a recent (last week) YouTube by Aaron Boster on DMTs and older MSers. It’s very encouraging and addresses the need for a paradigm shift in thinking about DMTs in older individuals (I will post link if I can find again)

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erash I couldn't get the volume to work on this one but followed a link on utube. will try to find and listen to, but if you do find the link, I'd appreciate it,πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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πŸ™each time I try to copy the link here it pastes the actual (soundless) video.

If you cannot find on YouTube message me your email and I will forward directly. It really hit home fot me.

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