I was on MTX for many years and wasn't using FA for quite a few years before anyone mentioned about
FA. As Don noted, it was here that I heard of it also. I asked my Rheumy about
it and he said, "Sure you can take it. Are you having side-effects from the MTX?"
As a matter of fact, I was. I guess I should have mentioned them. I had hair loss/thinning, sores in my mouth and food didn't appeal to me. I have Type 1 Diabetes, so food is important usually. I didn't feel nausea but I just didn't have an appetite. That is probably why I didn't have any weight-gain during the times of higher dose Prednisone use plus my RA wasn't in total control.
I had to quit the MTX 3 or 4 years ago, since it was reacting against me. It was also in the news that the company in India was shut down due to them putting in wrong ingredients. I had also started Rituxan around the same time. So who knows. North America should NOT have their medications made or purchased in poor countries. There is no excuse except greed.
My Rheumy and I had a long chat during my appointment last month and we both thought that I should try MTX and FA again. The MTX would be injections this time. The last years was tablets. Oh darn, I had gained some of my hair back, now I'd lose it again. :/ He also upped my long and short acting Morphine. I didn't find that the FA helped with much. I also tried the Magic Mouthwash for the mouth sores. Not much Magic going on here. It removed the sores from my right side and then I got them on the left side. WOW! Something did get rid of them though. I'm thinking it was the Rituxan.
So sorry that you have sensitivities on top of everything else.
If you do not mind reading a lot, these may answer some of your questions. Granted, the participants in the studies were not too many.
Good for you trying to quit smoking. Keep trying Samantha!! My hubby and I started smoking due to peer pressure when we were kids. I quit through the years 26 times and my hubby 21 times. Me for as long as 10 months. It's been 12 years for both of us. The day of the Tsunami Dec. 26 2004. Won't start that bad habit again. Good luck...You can do it!!! :)
Type 1 Diabetes - Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) - Asthma - Hypounawareness - secondary Raynauds - Osteoarthritis - Dry Eye - other stuff
Coversyl - Pantoloc(as irritation preventative) - Levemir - Indomethacin - long acting Morphine - short acting Morphine - Salbutamol - Prednisone - Humalog - Tears Naturelle II - Aspirin(81 mgs.) - Cod Liver Oil Caps - Vit D other OTC
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