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Methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis dose it work and anyone had side effects?

Methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis dose it work and anyone had side effects?

Yes.: My colleagues believe it is the first choice (acr and eular), but while I use it as a second or third drug, the benefit/risk ratio is incredibly good. Methotrexate has little or no justification to be taken orally though. Unpredictable absorption, stomach concenbration build up, and going to the liver on first-pass! the liver sees 600x the ultimate concentration in the blood. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Can beetroot reduce methotrexate side effects in a psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patient?

Can beetroot reduce methotrexate side effects in a psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patient?

Not really!: Beet root is high in folic acid, but we routinely give Folic Acid to patients on methotrexate, usually 2mg/day. This would be overkill, and add unnecessary expense! ...Read more

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What are effects of taking methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are effects of taking methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis?

Works: Methotrexate has become the standard of first choice forra treatment but rarely results in remission, ie no one can tell if you have it including the doctor. The risk is extremely low, although you cannot use alcohol, and is not usually used if ther is preexisting liver disease. Most patients have to add several other disease modifying drugs to get better. ...Read more

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I'm taking plaqeunil, mobic, (meloxicam) prednisone for rheumatoid arthritis. Can I use phentermine for weight loss while on these other medications?

I'm taking plaqeunil, mobic, (meloxicam) prednisone for rheumatoid arthritis. Can I use phentermine for weight loss while on these other medications?

Weight medications: The easy answer is "yes." however 1) the weight gain tendency caused (primarily) by Prednisone will continue, so consider finding an effective regimen for your RA and pain that doesn't cause weight gain. 2) Phentermine generally only works well for a short period of time. Most people who use it find that it wears off after several weeks or months. There may be better weight options besides phent. ...Read more

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What are long term effects of taking prednisolone for my psoriatic arthritis?

What are long term effects of taking prednisolone for my psoriatic arthritis?

Bad choice.: Steroids taken for long periods always have side effects. Also, they will invariable flare psoriasis upon withdrawal. There are many remitting agents, including sulfasalazine, methotreate, and tnf-alpha inhibitors. ...Read more

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Aching muscles and joints B side effects of taking the medication Chantix?

Aching muscles and joints B side effects of taking the medication Chantix?

Chantix side effects: Yes, achy muscles and joints have been reported as side effects to Chantix. They are not common. Common side effects include loss of taste, nausea, trouble sleeping, headache, dry mouth or constipation. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of glucosamine chondroitin for arthritis?

What are the side effects of glucosamine chondroitin for arthritis?

Mild side effects: Glucosamine is an amino sugar that is often taken as a nutritional supplement for arthritis. In several large clinical trials the side effects were mild and infrequent consisting of constipation, stomach ache, rash and hives. Since glucosamine is often made from the shells of crustaceans there is a theoretical risk of an allergic reaction for those with seafood allergies, but is rarely seen. ...Read more

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Ulcerative colitis and now on humira (adalimumab). What are possible side effects?

Ulcerative colitis and now on humira (adalimumab). What are possible side effects?

Infection primarily: The major risk is infection. Other possible side effects include reduced blood counts, neurological disorders, live inflammation and an increased risk of lymphoma. ...Read more

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Having problems with hydroxychloroquin plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects?

Having problems with hydroxychloroquin plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects?

Side effects: Usual side effects are stomach upset and rahshes. Occ headaches. Take the med at lower dose with food and if you can't tolerate tne maximum dose it may still be effective. Vision problems are very rare these s[ecialist and get an opthalmology referral quickly. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of joint pain pills taken with other medication?

What are some side effects of joint pain pills taken with other medication?

Which pills?: If you mean drugs like motrin, alleve, etc than GI bleeding can occur especially after long periods of therapy. If your other medications can cause a decrease in coagulation (blood clotting) adding a Motrin like drug can make the clotting time longer. Check with your physician or pharmacist. ...Read more

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Is neuropathy a side effect of ankylosing spondylitis?

Is neuropathy a side effect of ankylosing spondylitis?

Not really: The only neurologic complications would be secondary to spinal cord issues but these are rare. I have personally never seen a neurologic complication in any of my ank spondy patients. ...Read more

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Whats are the side effects of using slazopyrine with anabolic steroids for RA patients?

Whats are the side effects of using slazopyrine with anabolic steroids for RA patients?

Sulfasalzine ok, but: I use sulfasalzine 5500mg-dr as one of my first line drugs. Anabolic steroids if administered orally are quite dangerous. If low testosterone exists in either sex, it should be repleated. Of note is the fact that in this female dominant disease, many men are hypogonadal. There are no specific protocols for using anabolics (which one) with ra. However, there are protocals for treating low-t. ...Read more

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Side effects of using glucosamine & chondroitin for arthritis?

Side effects of using glucosamine & chondroitin for arthritis?

See below: I have not seen much in the way of side effects with these supplements. A while back there was some speculation that glucosamine might raise the blood sugar in diabetics but this has not been the case. Like any medication or supplement, anyone can have side effects. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of tnf inhibitors such as humira and enbrel (etanercept)?

What are the side effects of tnf inhibitors such as humira and enbrel (etanercept)?

See below: The important side effects that have been most extensively related to tnf blockers include: lymphoma, infections including tuberculosis, congestive heart failure, demyelinating disease, a lupus-like syndrome, induction of auto-antibodies, injection site reactions, and systemic side effects. ...Read more

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Which is better for severe RA pain and swelling and fibromyalgia, Celebrex or cymbalta (duloxetine)? Which one has less side effects?

Which is better for severe RA pain and swelling and fibromyalgia, Celebrex or cymbalta (duloxetine)? Which one has less side effects?

They can be used: Together. I have many patients on both. Side effects, usually not serious can occur with both. They are relatively safe drugs! ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more