new to methotrexate..have some questions

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   Posted 11/20/2007 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone-
So I just started methotrexate injections yesterday (after having some serious complications from Remicade and being unable to metabolize Imuran) and have some questions about it.
Will I experience hair loss?
I was told that I could have an occassional drink. I'm not a huge drinker, but I do drink twice week maybe 3-4 drinks at a time. I'm assuming I'll have to cut that down, maybe a glass of wine/beer here and there.... this saddens me.
How long can you use methotrexate for Crohn's disease? Is it possible to tapper off if you start to feel better??
Thanks for your help!

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   Posted 11/20/2007 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Did your doctor also prescribe Folic Acid to go with the MTX? People on MTX normally are prescribed Folic Acid supplementation. If you Google MTX and folic acid, you will find alot of articles that describe the rationale for this.

MTX is very hard on the liver. Some doctors allow an occasional drink, others warn against any alcohol consumption. How long you will be on MTX and whether you can stop taking it in the future is something you really need to discuss with your doctor at your next visit.
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