I'm a rheumatoid arthritis patient on Remicade regimen, along with 7.5mg/weekly of Methotrexate?
Methotrexate, as most drugs, can be very alarming sounding on paper, and if not used carefully as directed--and a very few times even used as directed--can indeed have some ugly consequences and you are right to be concerned.
I can tell you from my own experience after being on methotrexate for the past sixish years, at various dosages from 7.5 mg-20 mg (am presently taking 7.5 mg weekly with remicade infusions every 6 weeks and have been on this schedule for about a year) that I am still here without any major incidents.
My RA/Spondylitus is currently in remission (has been for about nine months), and for the first time in seven years I can function without a lot of pain and stiffness. I know that someday my luck may run out, but until that day comes I work hard to stay healthy and am glad for the "poisons" that I willingly put into my body to keep at this level of functioning. I know that there are many other folks out there who feel pretty much the same way.
I guess what you need to decide (together with your health care team, of course) is whether or not taking this--or any--drug to control, or eliminate the pain, stiffness, and joint damage, is worth the assorted possible risks. I am sure that you will do whatever works and is right for you! And remember that you can always change your mind. The control is-for the most part--in your hands. I wish you good luck and many happy symptom free days. Take care and be well.
I am on Humira, sulfasalazine, and methotrexate. I've been on methotrexate for the last three years and have had no problems. I tend not to look at side effects because I am usually not sensitive... unless it involves weight gain LOL.
So far so good! I was also on prednisone... so you know what that did to me... 60lbs later.
Sulfasalazine is a great pain reliever for me though. I had no idea it was so good until I went off of it for a month.
I am lupus patient, on prednisone for 16+ years, some time high dose 40-50 mg if it flared up, maintain dose 5 mg/ 10 mg, about 3 years i was so much in pain at my wrists, then hands, fingers, and feet, recent i was diagnosed RA, so MTX was added to my medicine list, 1st week was great: swollen went down, less pain, but start 2nd week up tp 4 month on MTX i was dying, so miserable with one infection after another, i am so weak, so shaking both physic and mental, drained out of energy. I didnt see any help from MTX but it made my health get worst, so I stopped MTX and trying Plaquenil, situation depends on good day/bad day but I feel at least I get the quality of life.
MTX is considered the gold medicine for RA, maybe each one responses different, and maybe I has lupus, too. Good luck!!!
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