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Doctor insights on: Methotrexate To Treat Autoimmune Disease

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Is methotrexate for autoimmune diseases?

Is methotrexate for autoimmune diseases?

Yes, good for many: Low dose weekly Methotrexate is an excellent and safe drug (as long as you don't drink alcohol) that is useful for treating a number of autoimmune diseases either alone or combination with other drugs. I sometimes use it in kids with an autoimmune disease where the exact diagnosis is not clear since it is excellent for long term control of inflammation without the use of steroids. Talk to your doc.

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as ...Read more


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What happens if taking methotrexate for autoimmune diseases?

What happens if taking methotrexate for autoimmune diseases?

It depends: Methotrexate is a potent immunosuppressive medication. It also helps reduce the need for corticosteroids that have significant side effects. Its major side effect is on the liver, causing liver damage; it can affect the lining of the gut; rarely it causes a hypersensitivity inflammation of the lung (Methotrexate pneumonitis). Therefore, patients need to be carefully monitored while on the drug, .

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Are there drugs to treat autoimmune diseases?

Are there drugs to treat autoimmune diseases?

Yes: Yes. There are many medications to treat autoimmune diseases, depending on the specific disease.

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What are the best ways to treat autoimmune diseases?

Complex question: The term "autoimmune" means, literally, "self immune". These diseases run a wide spectrum and extend to multiple specialities. Rheumatologists deal with connective tissue diseases, gastroenterologists deal with crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, etc..., neurologists deal with multiple sclerosis and others, and even endocrinologists treat thyroiditis and diabetes which can be immune related.

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Are there medicines to effectively treat autoimmune diseases?

Are there medicines to effectively treat autoimmune diseases?

Too many to list.: Depends on which autimmune disease you have. They are simply too numerous to list. Mtx, prednisone. Doxyclyine, hydroxychorquine, azothioprine, cyclosporine, enbrewl, humira, Rituxan (rituximab) and on and on. Most work best for specific diseases.

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What doctors treat autoimmune diseases?

Probably Not: Autoimmune diseases are best treated by rheumatologists in conjunction with one's pcp.

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Many symptoms, none being treated, thought to be autoimmune disease. Possible treatments. Please see attached profile.

Many symptoms, none being treated, thought to be autoimmune disease. Possible treatments. Please see attached profile.

Need a consultation: Unfortunately this Q & A format doesn't allow for uploading profiles or dealing with multiple symptoms or illnesses. You may want to ask for a second opinion consultation with a Rheumatologist at Health Tap. Sorry I could not be more helpful.

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Which type of doctors treats autoimmune diseases?

Depends on disease: That depends on the type of disease. Primary care doctors may be able to treat most of them. Endocrinologists specialize in autoimmune thyroid disease and type 1 diabetes mellitus. Ophthalmologists specialize in autoimmune eye diseases. Immunologists specialize in diseases from low immune system function. Rheumatologists specialize in systemic diseases due to increased immune system function. Etc.

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Do immunologists treat autoimmune disease?

Probably Not: Autoimmune diseases are best treated by rheumatologists in conjunction with one's pcp.

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Is the low cost biosimilar drugs as effective as original biologics to treat autoimmune diseases?

Not even close: There are no low cost biosimilar drugs that have any value. All biologics are still under patent protection so no generics are available.

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Do you think there will be new, effective and cheap drugs within 5 years to treat autoimmune diseases?

Do you think there will be new, effective and cheap drugs within 5 years to treat autoimmune diseases?

NO- Not cheap 4 sure: I don't know if there will be new & effective drugs to treat autoimmune disease within 5 years but if there are I am certain they will NOT be cheap- hardly any new drugs are cheap; they cost a lot to develop & drug companies charge a lot of money for new drugs. But I don't think drugs are the best approach. See The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum for a better approach & my comment.

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Is Ehlers Danlos Syndrom 3 considered to be an autoimmune disease? Can it be treated with immune suppressants?

Is Ehlers Danlos Syndrom 3 considered to be an autoimmune disease? Can it be treated with immune suppressants?

Ehlers-Danlos: Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects your connective tissues. Primarily your skin, joints and blood vessel walls. Immune suppressants will have no use as treatment. Go to the Mayoclinic. Org and look up the syndrome for further information.

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Why do you think some rheumatoid md's profiles say they treat autoimmune diseases while others say autoimmunediseases and lupus? Do some not like to treat lupus?

Why do you think some rheumatoid md's profiles say they treat autoimmune diseases while others say autoimmunediseases and lupus? Do some not like to treat lupus?

Lupus Tx: Lupus is the classic autoimmune disease as it can affect many organs through autoimmune inflammation. I have never heard of a rheumatologist who doesn't treat lupus. Maybe some specialize in lupus and advertise that way.

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41 year-old woman having lupus-like symptoms, angioedema and low complement levels.....?

41 year-old woman having lupus-like symptoms, angioedema and low complement levels.....?

Lupus: This sounds like a diagnosis of lupus. Finish and additional work up and be seen by a rheumatologist and. Other needed sub specialist. All the best.

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What do autoimmune diseases attack?

What do autoimmune diseases attack?

Autoimmune diseases: In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as white cells, platelets etc.

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Are autoimmune diseases very common?

Yes.: Most people with hypothyroidism have the disease hashimoto's thyroiditis. When you add psoriasis, colitis to the diseases ra, spondyloarthritis, type 1 diabetes, and onward, you have a majorpercentage of american's having an "autoimmune disease.

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What can cause an autoimmune disease?

What can cause an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune diseases: In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as white cells, platelets etc.

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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...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