Hey RJ, thanks for the info. I've researched mtx through and through. I think I'm familiar enough with the side effects that I know it's a serious medication (I've managed to avoid it for the last year because I know too much about it)--haven't lost any hair yet. I imagine at the low doses we take of mtx, though, that the hair may thin, but not completely fall out as it would at the higher chemotherapy doses?
BTW, I have tried to take the pm without the tylenol and it has the same effect on me that alcohol does. It knocks me out initially, and then I wake up repeatedly throughout the night. It's the tylenol in it that keeps the aches and pains at bay, I guess? I suppose I could always ask my rheumy for a prescription for lunesta or the equivalent, but I figured if an OTC drug was doing the trick then why bother? Also, isn't lunesta habit forming?
Or perhaps I could take 2 additional tramadol (I only take 4/day and I can take up to 6) combined with the pm(without tylenol), but tramadol has acetaminophen in it so I don't know what good that would do.
Thanks--I'll have to consider changing my habits.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan