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Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,982 doctors shared insights

Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Richard Zimon Dr. Zimon
Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Dr. Howard Feinberg Dr. Feinberg
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
33 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Im taking 10mg of methotrexate weekly for rheumatoid arthritis im tryin to loose weight can I take clenbuterol to help weight loss?

Im taking 10mg of methotrexate weekly for rheumatoid arthritis im tryin to loose weight can I take clenbuterol to help weight loss?

No!!! No!!!! No !!: Stay away from diet pills, veterinary drugs, anabolic steroids, and any other "aids" not recommended by your doctor. This is not a safe treatment with or without Methotrexate or ra. ...Read more

Dr. Elizabeth Morgan Dr. Morgan
Clinical Psychology
9 years in practice
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Does methotrexate.Cause memory loss or is it RA itself? If so how to prevent and strengthen my memory ?

Does methotrexate.Cause memory loss or is it RA itself?  If so how to prevent and strengthen my memory ?

Methotrexate: Methotrexate affects cells in the hippocampus, part of the brain with an important role in memory. Studies are looking at how other drugs, such as prozac, (fluoxetine) can protect the hippocampus from Methotrexate damage. In addition, symptoms of RA (pain, fatigue) can interfere with concentration and information processing. To be at your best, try to follow a healthy diet, exercise, and get enough sleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Roschmann Dr. Roschmann
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
42 years in practice
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How to stop hair loss when am on methotrexate for my Ra?

How to stop hair loss when am on methotrexate for my Ra?

Some thoughts: I have seen hundreds of people on Methotrexate for their rheumatoid arthritis and then I agree that hair loss is a bothersome side effects. Nonetheless, at the doses used treat RA I never saw aperson go bald . You're going to have hair loss and there's no good therapy to prevent that. However, some women do notice benefit with using OTC rogaine (minoxidil) in concert with partial hairpieces on social engageme ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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On methotrexate 25mg/weekly for psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis from your experience & opinion will I experience hair loss?

On methotrexate 25mg/weekly for psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis from your experience & opinion will I experience hair loss?

Possibly: Some hair loss is common in patients taking methotrexate. Some experience hair loss at low doses and others on high doses like yourself have no such problem. One can try leucovorin if hair loss is a problem as this can reduce the problem is one is occurring. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Schwartz Dr. Schwartz
Pharmacology
12 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Methotrexate ordered 4mg/m2 weight 179lbs and height 69in?

Methotrexate ordered 4mg/m2 weight 179lbs and height 69in?

Please elaborate: Your BSA is 1.97 m2. So 4mg x1.97=7.88=8mg. Please elaborate your question. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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Dignosed RA lastyear, prescribed methotrexate for 1 year. but stopped taking them after 10months. no pain now, gained lot weight,what can be reason?

Methotrexate does No: Your weight gain can not be attributed to Methotrexate. It is due to excessive eating, so it could be from other reasons. One other medicine causing weight gain are steroids which are sometimes used for the treatment of RA. Are you sure you are not taking Prednisone or another similar steroid?? Check and let me know? ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Paul Rosen Dr. Rosen
Pediatric Rheumatology
years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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Dr. Lori Semel Dr. Semel
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Dr. Pierre Moeser Dr. Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
years in practice
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Methotrexate for sjogrens disease does this treatment cause weight gain ?

Methotrexate for sjogrens disease does this treatment cause weight gain ?

Typically not: Weight gain is not a typical side effect of methotrexate. When it occurs in sjögren's, i would look at other rx being used such as steroids as a possible cause. Also, with any chronic disease, if the patient doesn't feel well, there is often a reduction in overall activity which leads to weight gain. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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I am taking methotrexate 2.5 every week (4pills )and primrose oil to treat psoriasis arthritis , been treating for 40 days, why did i lost weight ?

Side effect: One of the common side effects of Methotrexate is loss of appetite and can cause unintentional weight loss. Primrose oil has been used in alternative medicine as an aid in treating psoriasis and should not be substituted for the western medications. The mechanism of primrose oil is not completely understood, therefore, more study needs to be done. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz Dr. Lebowitz
Anti-Aging Medicine
20 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Dr. Pierre Moeser Dr. Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
years in practice
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What to expect while on methotrexate for lupus? Lots of nausea that day? Also I heart it causes fatigue at first? Any weight gain?

What to expect while on methotrexate for lupus? Lots of nausea that day? Also I heart it causes fatigue at first? Any weight gain?

Some: No weight gain with Methotrexate but nausea and fatigue can occur in a minority of patients. If they do occur, tell your doctor as the symptoms might be timing or dose related and adjustments can be made. Do not be discouraged. Your doctor is thinking of medicines to aggressively control your condition. ...Read more

Dr. Norman Levine Dr. Levine
Dermatology
47 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Can methotrexate make you sick?

Can methotrexate make you sick?

Methotrexate: The side effects of Methotrexate include liver dysfunction, increased risk of infection, blood count abnormalities, fatigue on the day of treatment and gastrointestinal distress. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell Dr. Lovell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
17 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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My friend is pergenant, can use methotrexate?

No: Methotrexate can cause serious birth defects. If she is pregnant and is taking methotrexate, she needs to notify her prescribing physician and her OB and stop the medication. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...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