5 patient evaluations for Methotrexate taken for the purpose of 'rheumatoid arthritis' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Moderate

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Jul 1, 2015 (Started Apr 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (cognitive impairment)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.8 mL Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 15, 2012 (Started Apr 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (cognitive impairment)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 13, 2012 (Started Apr 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (cognitive impairment)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Methotrexate injections have been more beneficial than the oral form. The side effects are way less on injections. It still makes me feel slow and sleepy for a day or two after but not nauseous. When I was taking the oral form I would always only be able to sleep for six hours, then have to take a nap two hours after I would get up the day after I took the weekly dose. I had to stop taking my shot because I got a lung infection.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 11, 2014 (Started Oct 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fluid retention (edema), hair loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2011 (Started Oct 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: I took a day of rest because I felt so sick the day I took it. Taking it with food helps and not early in the morning. Usually I felt fine the rest of the week. I did not feel any benifit from it. I do not remember the exact dose.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2009 (Started Jan 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (liver failure (acute))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This stuff is vicious! One thing I do have to say for it is that I have not had to shave my underarms since I was on it. My leg hair also grows back much more slowly than it used to. It almost killed my liver. My driver's license photo was taken while I was on Methotrexate and everyone who sees the photo comments on how yellow I looked. I did bounce back from the bad effects fairly quickly after stopping the meds.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 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
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