My first date with Ocrevus!

Jo Ann Maxwell

You may be wondering if I have found a tall, dark, handsome, godly man to date. But who is ever heard the name Ocrevus? Alas, it is not a man date.

Ocrevus is the name of a new disease modifying therapy for multiple sclerosis. It has been approved for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis and primary progressive multiple sclerosis, which I have. Ocrevus is a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets CD20 positive B lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) which contribute to nerve damage in MS.

My first date consisted of finding a vein in my arm to connect the medicine port. Then I was given a steroid and Benadryl to decrease the possible side effects. Then I was given the Ocrevus, over 2 1/2 hours through the port. I took a half of dose yesterday. I will take another half a dose on Wednesday the ninth. And then after…

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