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Doctor insights on: Flu And People Using Methotrexate

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Is it safe to get a flu shot while on methotrexate?

Is it safe to get a flu shot while on methotrexate?

Yes: Yes, it's safe to do so. Methotrexate wouldn't suppress your immune system enough to not be able to take flu shots or vaccinations in general. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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How long should I duffer flu symptoms while taking methotrexate 20 mg before seeing my doctor ?

How long should I duffer flu symptoms while taking methotrexate 20 mg before seeing my doctor ?

Don't wait.: Because Methotrexate lowers one's immunity, all infections should be taken seriously. That means, go see your doctor now. ...Read more

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Have you ever tried using elderberry to lessen flu symptoms?

Have you ever tried using elderberry to lessen flu symptoms?

It can help!: A standardized elderberry concentrate (sambuchol) inhibited replication of parainfluenza type a & b: http://tinyurl.com/le3y9ua and http://tinyurl.Com/m2jp8dv it may act against other respiratory pathogens as well. http://tinyurl.com/a9lxf8k in another study, flu symptoms were relieved in 4 days less when using 15ml elderberry syrup 4 times/day: http://tinyurl.Com/m2jp8dv. ...Read more

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If ones I use antibiotics to fight flu then my dr. Advised me not to use it anymore. Should i stop it immediately or should I keep using it?

If ones I use antibiotics to fight flu then my dr. Advised me not to use it anymore.  Should i stop it immediately or should I keep using it?

Can stop: Doctor advised not to use antibiotics because flu is caused by virus and not bacteria. Antibiotics do not affect course of flu and can cause future problems if resistance to antibiotics occurs from overuse. You can stop using antibiotics without deleterious effext. ...Read more

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Can using a hankie prolong the flu?

Can using a hankie prolong the flu?

No: Whether or not you use a handkerchief will not affect the duration of your influenza. ...Read more

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What is the opinion on using umcka to fight the common cold? What about this flu that is spreading.

What is the opinion on using umcka to fight the common cold? What about this flu that is spreading.

Limited data: No clinical trials have been run in the United States. A couple of trials have been run in other countries that may show minimal benefit. A review of these trials concluded it "... May be effective in alleviating symptoms of acute rhinosinusitis and the common cold in adults, but doubt exists." it will probably not hurt, but personally, i wouldn't spend my money on it. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects for using methotrexate? What are the side effects

What are the long term effects for using methotrexate? What are the side effects

See details: You have asked this question before. Side effects include GI irritation, infection risk, hair loss, allergic cough and pneumonitis, reduced blood counts, liver inflammation and increased risk of lymphoma. Do not permit this to scare you off. The advantages at preventing joint destruction far outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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My age is 29yrs. For psoriasis, i'm taking methotrexate 7.5 mg since 7yrs. Using this, what are the side effects to me in long term.Plz suggest?

Probably not much: This is a small dose of methotrexate. Assuming you have blood tests to screen for medication toxicity and these tests are normal, the long term risk is small. Make sure blood is screened for liver toxicity and reduced blood counts every 3 months. ...Read more

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


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Rheumatrex (Definition)

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