47 patient evaluations for Methotrexate

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Nov 30, 2011 (Started Oct 16, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, hair loss, upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach, hair loss, fatigue

Oct 16, 2009 (Started Oct 16, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, hair loss, upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Methotrexate works great for me, though I know that's not the case for everyone. I don't have many side-effects, though I admit that the hair loss has been difficult for me emotionally, as my hair used to be very thick and long, and a point of pride for me. The other side-effects I manage by taking MTX right before bed.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach, hair loss, fatigue

  • 3 helpful marks

Mar 7, 2009 (Started Nov 10, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Be sure to take at least 1 mg of folic acid per day while on Methotrexate. If your hair starts falling out, ask your doctor about a higher dose of folic acid. Mine was increased to 2 mg daily and my hair stopped falling out. Wal-Mart's folic acid is really inexpensive.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks

Nov 1, 2010 (Started Apr 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: This medication took me on a roller-coaster ride and I do NOT mean a fun one!! The days either side of taking this medication were horrible - sickness for days afterwards and lethargy unlike anything I've experienced the days prior. This meant, out of seven days, only three were tolerable.
Side effects: nausea

  • 2 helpful marks

Mar 1, 2010 (Started Sep 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Lupus (SLE))
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: This is the hardest medication for me to take. It is an injection and I have had to learn to give myself shots. Once I give myself the shot I can feel the medication travel through my body causing muscle pain, stiffness and flu like symptoms. It last for 24 hours. Once the 24 hours is over my energy level goes up and the pain decreases. At times the side effects seem to severe for what my body gets out of the injection but after going off of it for a year, my body and blood work is much more stable taking it.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Dec 20, 2010 (Started Feb 21, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 7.5 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Seems to improve MS "condition"

Sep 17, 2009 (Started Feb 21, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 7.5 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Unknown

  • 0 helpful marks

May 15, 2013 (Started Feb 13, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for mixed connective tissue disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: This made me feel sick about 30 hours after taking the dosage. After a few weeks, my doctor recommended that I split the dose throughout the day, which helped a little. In the end, it didn't really treat my symptoms like we hoped it would.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 2, 2014 (Started Aug 18, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nosebleeds (epistaxis))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: My reumatologist suspects methrotrexate could cause my lung problems, accordingly she redused my dose from 9 to 6 pills. After approx 5 month, I still have pains in my chest. So I need to find out if chest pains will go away if I quit methrotrexate all together. The RA pains will increese, but this is nessesary.

Dec 20, 2012 (Started Aug 18, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nosebleeds (epistaxis))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 22.5 mg Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 15, 2013 (Started Jan 13, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dizziness and feeling faint, itchy skin)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Methotrexate was a very potent medication, and side effects were not common. However, I took it for four years without a problem. When problems did start, they were fairly severe and quick. If you notice anything different, tell your doctor immediately!

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 1998 (Started Mar 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 12, 2018 (Started Feb 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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