MTX injections anyone?

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   Posted 2/26/2007 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering how many of you are on the mtx injections, as opposed to the pills.  I've been experiencing a great deal of upper and lower GI issues since starting the mtx.  MTX works great on my joints, but am I destroying my GI tract with it?  I've taken aciphex for years, supplemented with zantac 150 every night.  Nowadays, I find myself popping tums and extra zantac to take care of the same problem.  Lower GI issues too, for a few days after my mtx dose.  Lower GI is not as troublesome, though, as upper GI stuff.  I know that mtx is available in injection form and was wondering what the qualifying criteria are for the injectables.
Thanks for any info.
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   Posted 2/26/2007 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you qualify.
I may be mistaken...but I "think" it's just a matter of choice when it comes down to it. Any doc in their right mind if they have a pt. who can't tolerate oral forms would be crazy not to let you do the injectable MTX.
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   Posted 2/27/2007 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I originally was on oral mtx, but it really made the nausea side effect much worse (as well as the hair loss), especially since we kept increasing the dosage. I talked to my rheumy about switching to the injectible and the next thing I knew, I'm giving myself weekly injections to supplement my Enbrel (when I was on it). Haven't had any stomach issues since and my side effects have disappeared as well. I'd definitely ask for the switch - certainly can't hurt.

Good luck!

p.s. almost forgot - we haven't increased my dosage in over 1-1/2 years either. I seem to tolerate the dosage (.7 ml = 17.5 mgs) quite nicely.
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   Posted 2/28/2007 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been on MTX injections for over a year, and have recently moved to oral. I don't think there is any reason why you can't use one form or the other, depending on your situation.

The MTX injections were easier than the old Enbrel, before SureClick, but pills are easier than both.

I hate being on any of the drugs ... Craig
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