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I just wanted to wish you well with the MTX. I hope it kicks in quickly and helps. When I took it about 12 years ago, I felt great and had no nausea either but, it did raise my liver enzymes and my doctor took me off it.
Take care and keep us updated. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hi! Good luck with your Methotrexate :) I never vomited either when I took the pills. I was switched to injectable Methotrexate on Nov.30 of last year, so I give myself a weekly injection. I usually feel a bit funny and not quite with it for about 3 days. I do think it has helped me some though. I have been sick for so long that even just a bit of help is GREAT in my book:)
Hugs! and Bless You
Congratulations on your first dose of mtx! I know it was a big decision. It was for me too--it did take a bit longer,though, for the drug to actually kick in. For me, it took about 2 months or so to feel different. I experienced nausea and fatigue for the first few doses of mtx (just for a few days after the weekly dose), but after that, nothing. No nausea, no fatigue. I have no side effects whatsoever from the mtx. I do take the folic acid faithfully. Even when I run out of the prescription folic acid (which is a higher dose), I keep generic OTC folic acid around to supplement until the prescription is filled. My rheumy told me you can't take too much folic acid.
Overall, mtx has been a great drug for me, and I hope it is for you as well.
Hi RA & CD,
I understand that methotrexate is NOT a drug you want to be on if you're trying to get pregnant. Although, it is common for women and men to stop mtx for a couple of cycles prior to trying to get pregnant. The pregnancy issue was a big one for me, as I wasn't sure if my family was complete (I have twin 6-year-old daughters). I've since decided that my family is perfect and I had a tubal ligation done shortly after starting mtx. I was warned about pregnancy and mtx by 3 doctors prior to making my decision for a tubal ligation.
You certainly wouldn't have to do something so permanent though. If you plan on children in your future, I understand you simply stop taking mtx for a couple of months or so before trying. once the drug is out of your system, there is no danger to the baby (ies).
Thank you so much for your reply's. I'm in so much pain with the arthritis,seriously unable to walk.So right now I'll be putting having a baby on the side for at least another 2 years.. try to get everything under control(Crohn's and arthritis). Is it true with the mtx you can't sun tan? or even have a glass of wine once in awhile? I love travelling when able to,and I just love siting by the ocean in the sun. Having a cocktail (I clearly don't do this often, but I'll be having my wedding in Jamaica,I would like to have some fun!) There is allot of factor's for me to conisder MTX mixing it with remicade. I'M SO CONFUSED and my GI is such a busy docter,she doesn't really have time to sit with me for an hour and explain everthing to me. I should change docs but that could take up to a year to do here in Montreal.
Thanks again for your reply's i'll keep you updated I have a doc apt on Friday, will have to make my decision then.
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