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Is there a certain test that should be performed on smokers / ex smokers before taking methotrexate?

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suzanne66 11 Nov 2011

No there is no specific test that I am aware of.
Are you taking methotrexate ( MTX) for rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
Recent studies suggest that current smokers do not respond as well to MTX compared to non-smokers. Studies suggest that it would be worth giving up cigarettes if you are going to embark on a course of MTX for RA.
Ex smokers seem to respond as well as non smokers. All the best.

Inactive 11 Nov 2011

Hey Suzanne, just curious,can you react differently to your meds after you quit smoking? C.

cocoebony 11 Nov 2011

Thanx suzanne, my mother was a former smoker and she had a bad reaction from the MTX which resulted in her having Stevens Johnson syndrome. free discount card

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