I was recently prescribed methotrexate for my psoriatic arthritis. I was diagnosed with intracranial hypertension8 years ago, being over weight then that made me eligible for gastric bypass. Which I had in 2010, since then I have had multiple rare side effects that have resulted in five abdominal surgeries. Then a heart ablation, then diagnosed with a left bundle block, then stage B congestive heart failure. Plus, the gastric bypass causes vitamin deficiency, I am on my second iron infusion soon. Needless to say this has all caused a severe pain issue. I am afraid of starting the methotrexate, for many reasons I hear it causes pain, hair loss I can handle. But I'm afraid of the possible liver issues, and I feel I could possibly poison my family by taking the medication? Can anyone make me feel better about the medication? Or suggestions?
Hello paintingpain. Sorry - but unfortunately all drugs have side effects in one way or another. I took Methotrexate over 4 years as go and whilst on it, - yes I did loose some head hair and hairs went on my legs and arms ( they have still not grown back) and my 'body hair' too. It g I t stop after 18 months because my Liver Function Blood test came back abnormal = Fatty Liver. yodge93.
I totally understand your utter fear of taking Mehotrexate. I have now been on it for 17 months and quite honestly I was terrified of even taking an Advil in case my liver would go crazy. I stopped drinking any alcohol - even my red wine, which I love. I have hair loss, but I am not going bald. I think your system adjusts and then the hair loss diminishes. I am also now having the "occassional" glass of wine - perhaps 3 to 4 oz. In my case I do not have the medical history you report, but also have osteo arthritis in addition to the rheumatoid arthritis. I have tests done every two months to monitor the methotrexate and all looks good so far. I have started Leucovite - the day after the methotrexate and that has taken care of the extreme tiredness. Good luck with this. I am thankful that there is something I can take that helps with my RA.
Paint; I can understand your concerns but this is why they watch you very close and even with that all the new medications none has worked as well as this old time pill and all the caution is taken to make sure your liver and other things are ok. It's just up to you to make sure you take it just as prescribed and make sure you don't miss any of your tests.
I can't even count the people I know on this and none with any serious problems.The doctors that prescribe this know just what to look for and have the understanding of your condition you are the worring way to much.You have to think of all the positive things this little pill does for all the people taking it far outweigh any problems that the doctor well be looking for.This is one of the oldest medications on the market and even with the things that have come out This is still one of the most common ones prescribed and like I said I know so many people taking it and have had no problems at all.As long as they keep their doctors appointments so the doctor can make sure nothing is going to go wrong and there is no way you are going to poison your family. The sooner you start it the faster you well have relief.even with all the other problems you have had in the past. best of luck.and get better Chuck1957
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