Biological drugs : These are medications that enhance the immune system's ability to fight cancers. In NHL, monoclonal antibodies are used for treatment. The therapy is administered via an IV, and the monoclonal antibodies bind to the cancer cells and augment the immune system's ability to destroy cancer cells. Rituximab ( Rituxan ) is such a drug used in the treatment of B-cell lymphoma. Side effects for this treatment are usually flu -like symptoms. Rarely, a person can have a severe reaction, including a drop in blood pressure or difficulty breathing.
Dry powder inhalers DPIs deliver medication without using chemical propellants, but they require a strong and fast inhalation. No matter which you use, getting the medication to your lower airways is essential for the medication to work. For all devices, education and training on how to correctly use them is very important. A device called a spacer may be prescribed if you're having trouble getting the medicine to your airways with an MDI. Spacers help you coordinate your inhaled breath with the release of the medication from the MDI canister.
High dosages of oral corticosteroids taken daily for prolonged periods of time can have serious systemic side effects including bone loss ( osteoporosis), increased risk of infections and diabetes and cataracts, thinning of skin, stretch marks, increased facial/body hair growth, acne, fluid retention, weight gain with redistribution of fat (fat deposits on back and face, thinning of limbs), muscle weakness, decreased resistance to infections, stomach ulcers, mood swings, insomnia, suppression of the body's own production of cortisol, etc.