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Methotrexate (Definition)

Methotrexate was originally used in the early 1950's as a treatment for cancer but was also found to be effective in many other diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. It has anti inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties which make it an excellent first line therapy for RA ...Read more


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Does methotrexate work for patients with ra?

Does methotrexate work  for patients with ra?

Very well.: Consensus drug of first choice by the acr and eular (american & european rheumatology groups for treating moderate to severe ra. Frequently given with other drugs such as plaquenyl, sulfasalazine, or low dose prednisone. ...Read more

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What is your experience with methotrexate for ra?

What is your experience with methotrexate for ra?

Good summary...: http://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/methotrexate-for-rheumatoid-arthritis.

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What is important to know about methotrexate for ra?

What is important to know about methotrexate for ra?

Everything!: Consensus drug of first choice by the acr and eular (american & european rheumatology groups for treating moderate to severe ra. Frequently given with other drugs such as plaquenyl, sulfasalazine, or low dose prednisone. I beleve it is better to take subcutaneously, rather than oral. Should be given with folic acid. ...Read more

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What happens when you stop taking methotrexate for ra?

Depends on your RA -: Being controlled or not. Your symptoms might get worse. You should check with your rheumatologists as they might change it for some other medicine or if you are having side effects from the mtx, you may need some meds to counter those effects. ...Read more

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Is methotrexate has to be taken life long for RA is the only available option? If yes means , what are chronic complications of taking methotrexate?

Is methotrexate has to be taken life long for RA is the only available option? If yes means , what are chronic complications of taking methotrexate?

No there are many: Option, your dodctor will be to chose the best option for you. Dry cough, shortness of breath; diarrhea, vomiting, white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips; blood in your urine or stools; urinating less than usual or not at all; fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; sore throat and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; pale skin, easy bruising and others. ...Read more

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Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect ...Read more