Could Rituxan cause Tuberculosis - from FDA reports


Summary

Tuberculosis is found among people who take Rituxan, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Actemra, and have Rheumatoid arthritis . We study 18,661 people who have side effects while taking Rituxan from FDA. Among them, 16 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 Rituxan 18,905 users)

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (a bacterial infection by mycobacterium tuberculosis) has been reported by people with rheumatoid arthritis, crohn's disease, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, hiv infection (latest reports from 9,984 Tuberculosis patients).

On Nov, 24, 2016

18,661 people reported to have side effects when taking Rituxan.
Among them, 16 people (0.09%) have Tuberculosis


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Rituxan cause Tuberculosis?

Time on Rituxan when people have Tuberculosis *:

  • < 1 month: 50 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 25 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 25 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Tuberculosis when taking Rituxan *:

  • female: 69.23 %
  • male: 30.77 %

Age of people who have Tuberculosis when taking Rituxan *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 0.0 %
  • 30-39: 0.0 %
  • 40-49: 11.11 %
  • 50-59: 11.11 %
  • 60+: 77.78 %

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Vitamin B6 (2 people, 12.50%)
  • Tylenol (2 people, 12.50%)
  • Folic Acid (2 people, 12.50%)
  • Cimzia (2 people, 12.50%)
  • Actemra (2 people, 12.50%)

Forecasts by ePatient.care (We will alert you to new symptoms or undetected conditions when you take Rituxan, learn more )

Potential co-existing conditions

  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (2 people, 12.50%)
  • Pemphigus (1 person, 6.25%)
  • High Blood Pressure (1 person, 6.25%)
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (1 person, 6.25%)
  • Asthma (1 person, 6.25%)

Potential co-existing symptoms

  • Drug Ineffective (5 people, 31.25%)
  • High Blood Pressure (3 people, 18.75%)
  • Malaise (2 people, 12.50%)
  • Diarrhea (2 people, 12.50%)
  • Abdominal Discomfort (2 people, 12.50%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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