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Does methotrexate cause cataracts.I take 5mg every friday my eye test said I have them this is for rhurmertiod arthritis.

Does methotrexate cause cataracts.I take 5mg every friday my eye test said I have them this is for rhurmertiod arthritis.

No: The fda package insert does not report cataract as a side effect of mtx. Patients with RA can get inflammation in the eye which can cause a cataract. Steroids used to treat inflammation of the body and eye can also cause cataracts. ...Read more

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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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I have rheumatoid arthritis and take methotrexate and humira (adalimumab) injections. I want to get look better by getting filler for my face. Please let me know which ones are not in conflict with my medications. Thanks?

I have rheumatoid arthritis and take methotrexate  and humira (adalimumab)  injections. I want to get look better by getting filler for my face. Please let me know which ones are not in conflict with my medications. Thanks?

Filler options: You need to avoid sculptra with RA as you may be at increased risk for nodule and granuloma formation. Ha fillers like juvederm or Restylane (dermal fillers) should be safe but last only a year or so. Fat transfer is a good long term option but has more down time. Consult with a local experienced facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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My mom takes methotrexate & has a lot of the side effects listed like mouth ulcers, dhiorhea, low grade fevers. What alternatives does she have?

My mom takes methotrexate & has a lot of the side effects listed like mouth ulcers, dhiorhea, low grade fevers. What alternatives does she have?

Talk 2 her Dr: She will need to talk to the doctor who prescribed the methotrexate. It is highly important that doctors get feedback on how medications affect their patients. Give that Dr. the option of stopping methotrexate, changing the dose of it, or replacing with another medication. It is highly important that the same doctor who prescribed methotrexate makes the next decision for or against for the medication. ...Read more

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Severe sore throat pain,sore tongue. Tiny red spots throughout the mouth. Mainly inside on cheeks. Dr said bad sinus?Could be the methotrexate I take?

Severe sore throat pain,sore tongue. Tiny red spots throughout the mouth. Mainly inside on cheeks. Dr said bad sinus?Could be the methotrexate I take?

Mucositis?: These don't sound like symptoms of sinusitis, and I think you are on the right track. This sounds like oral mucositis (medicalese for inflammation of mucous membranes), which is a well known side effect of many chemotherapeutic drugs, including methotrexate. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23601229 ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent or cope w/ "buzzed" feeling in head from weekly methotrexate dose? Currently taking on tues & want to switch to weekend.

Is there a way to prevent or cope w/  "buzzed" feeling in head from weekly methotrexate dose? Currently taking on tues & want to switch to weekend.

Not common side efct: That is not a common side effect in my experience with Methotrexate but there are a variety of possible side effects.Most of the side effects of Methotrexate improve over time in most patients so it may improve over time.Taking the Methotrexate on the weekend is a good idea since many of the common side effects such as fatigue or nausea won't interfere with going to work or school.Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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Child has a wart/mole on her head she keeps picking at it but it always grows back is this concerning? She is on remicade (infliximab) and methotrexate for JRA

Child has a wart/mole on her head she keeps picking at it but it always grows back  is this concerning? She is on remicade (infliximab) and methotrexate for JRA

Ask rheumatologist: This could be a nodule related to the JRA. There are other possibilities also. See your rheumatologist and ask if it needs to be removed. ...Read more

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Been on methotrexate x 2 years for undifferentiated connective tissue disease.Now having head pressure,blurred vision, & dizziness when move head.

Been on methotrexate x 2 years for undifferentiated connective tissue disease.Now having head pressure,blurred vision, & dizziness when move head.

Call YOUR doctor for: immediate evaluation if you are experiencing side effects of the medications or reaction to medicine, so they can help relieve it! ...Read more

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