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6/19/13 11:11 A

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I have been on biologics for over two years, and there has been one or two instances where I got some sort of bad rash almost immediately after my injections. My doctor has told me that it could have been due to a weakened immune system. But between the methotrexate and injections, they are supposed to weaken the immune system to control the RA. I take vitamins and supplements, and I have started using those Ester C drink mix ins which have zinc, vitamin C, B vitamins and supposed with immune system. Unfortunately, I think this is a trade off. Good luck!

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6/12/13 6:09 P

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Never had that particular problem myself. However, I once got really, really sick from taking mtx within a day or two of my Remicade treatment. Both of which lowers the immune system. My doc told me not to take it the weekend after a treatment if it was on Thurs or Fri.

The other thing I do is take a lot of supplements like vitamin c, b-complex and a multivitamin. Which reminds me I need to get some more C.

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So, the last two times I've gotten my biologic, Rituxan, I've gotten a boil as well and I've got to say that they were most unpleasant especially when they burst.

I suspect that the reason I got them is because with RAD, I have a weakened immune system and the Rituxan also lowers the immune system.

Has anyone else ever had anything similar? Does anyone know of a way to strengthen my immune system so that I don't keep getting them? I don't want to stop taking the Rituxan since it's actually helping but I really don't want to keep getting boils either.

And, the following info might be TMI but let's just say that getting them has been literally a pain in the butt!

Any help would be appreciated.

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