Methotrexate is the usual drug people are started on for immuno suppression in autoimmune diseases. There are a whole series of drugs considered if it does not give the desired result. Until one tries it and the effects are noted as to whether it helps, other meds are usually not given. Two things control this decision, first your doctor is taking a conservative approach and not over treating. Second, is many insurance companies won't pay for other meds until this is tried. Sorry, but that is the reality of it.
I have used methotrexate. When it did not work, we moved on to the next drug, and so forth. Everyone reacts differently to this drug so if it helps, you will get much better control of your disease right away. And just so you know, no drug to suppress the immune system is without side effects. It is all about stopping your body from attacking itself and causing more damage that would happen if you did not take the medication. It is always your choice but be clear which is worse. A side effect you can handle or a disease that will become unbearable. Sometimes our fears and doubts are really worse than the medications. I know, it has happened to me. Karen
Thanks!! As I have discussed before, I was a lot stressed over side effects, but I chose to let go what I cant control because I am having good luck so far with Plaquenil so adding Mexo... Is a little intimidating but am just wanting some NORMALCY!!!
I also cannot express how much I appreciate this site and all the positive people who have helped me and other strangers cope with sometimes overwhelming pain and trying to raise families, work and live, not just survive.
- Methotrexate Information for Consumers
- Methotrexate Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methotrexate (detailed)
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