Methotrexate and Ulcerative Colitis Question

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badbutt
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   Posted 2/22/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
 
Has anyone had any unexplained tiredness while taking methotrexate?  I take it for arthritis pain associated with colitis. I also take folic acid which is supposed to lessen the side effects.  I take my dosage 5mg Sat morning, 5mg Sat even. and 5mg Sun. morning.  I've been taking the med for less than 2 months but I was wondering if it was working.  Any comments, advice?
 
medications- Pentasa 1gram 3times a day
 
 


quincy
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   Posted 2/23/2008 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never been on it....have you discussed it with your doctor?

Have you had your thyroid and blood count done? Could you be anemic?

You take the 3 dosages once a week....are you tired ALL the time or just a short time afterward?

Is there any improvement throughout the week?

quincy
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   Posted 2/23/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
You can try asking this question on the arthritis forum too if you haven't already done so. I'm not sure if many of us on here have ever tried MX.
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GardenerJames
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   Posted 2/23/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I take 7.5 mg every Friday night and definitely feel kind of drained on Saturday and sometimes sunday. I asked my aunt about this, cause she's on it too and she does not experience any fatigue related to hers.
So i asked my GI what he thought, and if I should maybe take the three pills spread out like you do, and he said that would probably just spread out the fatigue :P
James
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