In His Grip
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Sorry to hear it hasn't worked well for you just yet. With me, it took 2-3 months for mtx to kick in--I guess that translates to about 8-12 doses. Also, I had to increase it to 15 mg (from 7.5mg)/ week to see the maximum benefit.
Hope you feel better soon,
Sorry you are in so much pain... My rheumy put me on 15 mg/week starting last October. Said in would take 10-12 weeks to kick in.
I've been trying to wean off prednisone and got down to 7 mg/day. However, my labs are still too high, so I'm not allowed to reduce prednisone anymore and the rheumy has upped my methotrexate to 20 mg/week.
It was explained to me that prednisone is the quick-acting drug to get the inflammation knocked down. The meth also reduces inflammation - but takes longer to get into your system.
My joints have never swollen...they just hurt.