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Review: could Rituxan cause Tuberculosis?

Summary: Tuberculosis is found among people who take Rituxan, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 6 - 12 months, also take medication Prednisolone, and have Rheumatoid arthritis.

We study 10,200 people who have side effects while taking Rituxan from FDA and social media. Among them, 12 have Tuberculosis. Find out below who they are, when they have Tuberculosis and more.

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Rituxan

Rituxan has active ingredients of rituximab. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis. (latest outcomes from 10,312 Rituxan users)

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (a bacterial infection by mycobacterium tuberculosis) has been reported by people with rheumatoid arthritis, crohn's disease, hiv infection, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis. (latest reports from 7,427 Tuberculosis patients)

On Dec, 31, 2014: 10,200 people reported to have side effects when taking Rituxan. Among them, 12 people (0.12%) have Tuberculosis.

Trend of Tuberculosis in Rituxan reports

Time on Rituxan when people have Tuberculosis * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Tuberculosis33.33%33.33%33.33%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Tuberculosis when taking Rituxan * :

FemaleMale
Tuberculosis60.00%40.00%

Age of people who have Tuberculosis when taking Rituxan * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Tuberculosis0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%33.33%66.67%

Severity of Tuberculosis when taking Rituxan ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Tuberculosis ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (3 people, 25.00%)
  2. Hypertension (1 people, 8.33%)
  3. Osteoporosis (1 people, 8.33%)
  4. Hairy cell leukaemia (1 people, 8.33%)
  5. Asthma (1 people, 8.33%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prednisolone (2 people, 16.67%)
  2. Vitamin b6 (2 people, 16.67%)
  3. Folic acid (2 people, 16.67%)
  4. Pulmicort (1 people, 8.33%)
  5. Amlodipine (1 people, 8.33%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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