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Old 01-07-2009, 04:09 PM   #1
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Rituximab for Autoimmune Disease

After trying Imuran, Prednisone, and Methotrexate, I still have Polymyositis flares due to increase CK levels and muscle inflammation. Doctors tell me it's time to taper off Prednisone, but my CK goes crazy with elevation.

Has anyone tried Rituximab for Polymyositis or Lupus? If so, were you involved in a clinical trial, or did your insurance company approve payment for this medication. How did the drug work for anyone who tried it?

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Re: Rituximab for Autoimmune Disease

Yes I Tried Rituximab and is working very good in my case all my cpk and ast liver coming down very good and fast in 2 months

 
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:29 AM   #3
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Re: Rituximab for Autoimmune Disease

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Yes I Tried Rituximab and is working very good in my case all my cpk and ast liver coming down very good and fast in 2 months
Did your insurance company agree to pay for the Rituximab treatment? Since it's a new drug my insurance company has denied the request twice.

 
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Yes I Tried Rituximab and is working very good in my case all my cpk and ast liver coming down very good and fast in 2 months
How long did it take before you noticed improvement with Rituxan? I've had 2 infusions, the last being on July 1st, and the CK has dropped (I still take Prednisone), but the pain in the shoulders, arms, and back are still there.

How long ago did you have infusion?

 
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Re: Rituximab for Autoimmune Disease

After my second infusion by tree months I see the Difference but I still
in methotrexate after six months all my wekness disappear

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