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Drug interactions between folic acid and methotrexate

Results for the following 2 drugs:
folic acid
methotrexate

Interactions between your drugs

Moderate

methotrexate ↔ folic acid

Applies to:methotrexate and folic acid

Consumer information for this interaction is not currently available.

MONITOR: Coadministration of methotrexate with vitamin preparations containing folic acid, folinic acid (leucovorin) or their derivatives may diminish the therapeutic effects of methotrexate. The proposed mechanism involves pharmacodynamic antagonism and/or competitive inhibition at the receptor site.

MANAGEMENT: Although folic acid or folinic acid are frequently used along with methotrexate to reduce adverse effects or as an antidote to high dose methotrexate therapy, patients receiving methotrexate should be advised to avoid the inadvertent use of vitamin preparations containing folic acid or its derivatives.

References

  1. "Product Information. Methotrexate Sodium (methotrexate)." Teva Pharmaceuticals (formerly IVAX), Miami, FL.
  2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

Drug and food interactions

Moderate

methotrexate food

Applies to: methotrexate

Caffeine may reduce the effectiveness of methotrexate in the treatment of arthritis. If you are receiving methotrexate for arthritis, you may want to limit your intake of caffeine-containing foods and medications. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have concerns or are uncertain what products may contain caffeine.

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Therapeutic duplication warnings

No therapeutic duplications were found for your selected drugs.

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

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