Post Edited (JayBespoke) : 7/28/2010 3:57:30 PM (GMT-6)
Hey, just stopped by from the Crohn's forum for arthritis help and saw this post. Mtx (in combination with Humira and prednisone) was the ONLY thing that helped with my arthritis but the mtx raised my liver enzymes too high and I had to stop it. And I never drank a drop. The doctors may be overly cautious and yes, it is your choice whether or not to drink while on it, but they don't want to get sued for knowing that you were drinking and still allowing you to take it. That would be gross negligence on their part for continuing to prescribe it when they know you are drinking while on it.
We are now trying Plaquenil for me and it's been 4 months but I haven't seen any response so far. I know I'm supposed to give it 6 months, but it's been a long 4 months and I still have 2 to go. If this doesn't work, we are trying Leflunomide, but you aren't supposed to drink on that one either, if I remember correctly, as it can also do liver damage and you have to have labs every month while on it.
IMHO, you have to decide if you'd rather have a few drinks and not have as many medication options or have more options and maybe find something that works, but have to give up the alcohol. Each person will have a different answer to that, but it's something you will have to decide due to the nature of the medications and the guidelines that the doctors will continue to push (both for your sake and for their own). I hope you find another option that will work and allow you to drink as well.