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.
I have been receiving IVIG for nearly 9 yrs. At first, I used Gammunex with fairly mild side effects. Then my supplier insisted it was no longer available and put me on Gammagard that caused bad headaches, fatigue, pain and some nausea. I finally wrote to IG Living regarding how I could get back to Gammunex. They quickly responded that all I needed to do was have my doctor write an RX for "Gammunex Only" and that did it!! I do much better now. My premeds are 400 mg Ibuprofen, 25 Benadryl, 50 mg IV solu-cortef pre and post treatment. I also take my RX headache meds and pain meds as I also suffer from FM and chronic fatigue. I am doing much better now and no longer have to wipe out my schedule for a week after tx! Thank God for the resource of IG Living! I do have problems sleeping the first and often second night after tx that I am sure is due to the steroid. I just block out a few days to adjust and rest when I can. But, so much better than I did with Gammagard!!
Exacerbation or initial presentation of a number of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders have been reported (See “ WARNINGS ” section, “ PRECAUTIONS ” section, “ DRUG INTERACTIONS ” section). Persistent but nonprogressive vitiligo has been observed in malignant melanoma patients treated with interleukin-2. Synergistic, additive and novel toxicities have been reported with Proleukin used in combination with other drugs. Novel toxicities include delayed adverse reactions to iodinated contrast media and hypersensitivity reactions to antineoplastic agents (See “ PRECAUTIONS ” section, “ DRUG INTERACTIONS ” section).