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I have low blood platelets (50,000). Can Rituxan help build

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I have low blood platelets (50,000). Can Rituxan help build up my platelet level, now 50,000 as opposed to a desirable level of 200,000-250,000?
Robert F.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  pharmacydoc replied 4 years ago.

pharmacydoc :

Let me clarify, are you asking if rituximab (Rituxan) can help build up your platelets or are you asking if this medication can cause a decrease in your platelets count?

pharmacydoc :

One side-effect associated with Rituxan is thrombocytopenia which is low platelet count. You can read more about thrombocytopenia at the following link:

pharmacydoc :

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My oncologist has suggested that a four-week (once per week) infusion of Rituxin might cause an increase in my Platelet count.

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