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Doctor insights on: What Come About If You Stop Taking Methotrexate For Rheumatoid Arthritis

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What do doctors prescribe for rheumatoid arthritis?

What do doctors prescribe for rheumatoid arthritis?

Many Options: Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease primarily affecting the joints. There is a very wide range of Disease Modifying antiRheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) available for treatment. There are older, less specific, but still effective DMARDs such as plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) sulfasalazine, leflunomide and methotrexate. NSAIDs and prednisone to treat flares. There are many newer biologic DMARDs like Anti-TNF agents. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis 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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Since one year it take 15 mg methotrexate tablet weekly for rheumatoid arthritis so when I can stop it now my blood test is normal but still have pain?

Since one year it take 15 mg methotrexate tablet weekly for rheumatoid arthritis so when I can stop it now my blood test is normal but still have pain?

Which blood test etc: Methotrexate is a good medication for rheumatoid arthritis but it doesn't cure your arthritis - it works as long as you take it. If you still have pain, it may because of active disease (inflammation), or damage that the arthritis has already caused. You should follow up with a rheumatologist if possible. ...Read more

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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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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

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Patient taken methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis but now patient plan for pregnancy so how many days will stopped befor pregnant?

Patient taken methotrexate for  rheumatoid arthritis but now patient plan for pregnancy so how many days will stopped befor pregnant?

Need to have plan : There should be no attempt at getting pregnant until off Methotrexate completely but should not move forward until a plan in place that involves your obstetrician and rheumatologist. There are certain vitamin levels that need to be in appropriate range and will need to be supplemented before conception and during the pregnancy. There should be a protocol in place in case the rheumatoid flares. ...Read more

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What is your experience with methotrexate and rheumatoid arthritis?

What is your  experience with methotrexate and rheumatoid arthritis?

Good: Usually helps within 2-4 months but rarely produces 100 % remission.Quite low risk. ...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


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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