Methotrexate & Colds

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   Posted 11/9/2017 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone,

Sorry I'm completely new to this forum and came by it as I was trying to research about Methotrexate and wasn't sure which part to post this in..

I got diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis this year and I have been taking Methotrexate going from 4 pills to 8 pills recently and having the folic acid on the day which I don't take it.
But has anyone experienced when you get a cold start of sore throat, bad cough and the next day you feel so awful that everything is spinning, bunged up with cold...
So I went to the doctor who told me rest up till the weekend which I did and I developed a really bad cough and shortness of breath.. so on the Monday I called up my doctor as I was due to take my pills on a Tuesday my designed date for them but I had to go in so she can listen to my chest and signed me off as I wasn't fit to work....
So I tried looking around online to see if it happens quite alot that if I get an cold (flu shot I've had) that the next day or few days later you can't do anything..

It's starting to affect me and work.. to the point I might be losing my job due to illness...
Is there any recommendations I can do if I do get another cold? I know it affects the immune system and I've tried parcemtal, cold and flu tablets etc.. I will bring it up when I next go back to the hospital later this month..
I just need some clarfication or other experiences because I think I'm the only one and others think I'm blowing it out of proportion you know?

Thank you smile

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   Posted 11/10/2017 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to the site
I'm not sure how long you have been on Methotrexate and for sure increasing the dose can bring on colds or flu you possibly need More Folic acid to help combat the higher dose But Do Not change any medications Until you have spoken with your Doctors,
Do Not let a cold hang around as you can get very ill Methotrexate lowers your immunity so it is harder for you to fight off things that other people can
I would suggest you go either to an ER or a Doctor
my Dr never lets me fight off a cold he gives me antibiotics straight away
I know it is hard not just dealing with any disease but also Methotrexate can be a challenge I was quite sick when I first started it and it took a few months to get the dose of both MTX and Folic Acid right and I have been on it now for about 10 years however I have recently stopped taking it due to other reasons
and your trying to hold down a job while dealing with this is even harder can you look for a more flexible job or even go part time
I hope you can find some answers try to stay strong
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