what would you say to a 48 yr female who has moderate pain, still works fulltime and likes a social drink and holidays in the sun. should i take methotrexate for moderate pain ,that is slowley getting worse or is there an alternative?
I assume the pain is from arthritis?
Methotrexate is one of the most effective and commonly used medicines in the treatment of arthritis. It is known as a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD), because it not only decreases the pain and swelling of arthritis, but it also can decrease damage to joints and long-term disability. In other words it helps with pain and swelling and also slows the progression of arthritis over time.
Methotrexate reduces the activity of the immune system (the body’s own defence system).
The most common side effects of methotrexate include nausea or vomiting, mouth ulcers, skin rashes and abnormalities in liver function tests. These side effects are more likely to occur at higher doses. It can make you more likely to develop infections.
Methotrexate requires careful monitoring to reduce risk of liver injury and infections.
Alcohol significantly increases the risk for liver damage while taking methotrexate, so alcohol should be avoided while on this medication.
The best thing you can do is find out as much information as possible about methotrexate and your condition and discuss your concerns with your doctor. Together you can make an informed decision about what medicines are best for you. All the best.
- Methotrexate Information for Consumers
- Methotrexate Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methotrexate (detailed)
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