I've had MS for 17 years now and will begin Rituxin soon. How long can I expect to see a change?
This really depends on the stage of your disease. The goal of therapy with rituximab is to halt relapses and prevent further worsening of disability. The effect of treatment is maximal within 3-6 months of treatment onset but it takes much longer to determine if your disease has stabilized. Any improvement in your condition may take over 6 months to become apparent, if any improvement is even expected.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego