What is Methotrexate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Methotrexate is an antineoplastic drug used in the treatment of cancer. Also used as an antirheumatic for rheumatoid arthritis. It may also be used in treatment of Crohn's disease, ectopic pregnancy, or MS. It is given by mouth, by injection, via IV or intrathecally.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Rheumatoid arthritis 1,509 589
Systemic lupus erythematosus 289 127
Psoriatic arthritis 206 99
Psoriasis 185 81
Multiple sclerosis 72 37

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
219
Moderate
289
Mild
247
None
241

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methotrexate

Side effect Patients
Nausea 239
Fatigue 116
Hair loss 89
Headaches 52
Nausea and vomiting 43
Mouth sores (ulcers) 41

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methotrexate

Dosage Patients
20 mg weekly 68
15 mg weekly 51
10 mg weekly 34
25 mg weekly 33
7.5 mg weekly 21
12.5 mg weekly 20
17.5 mg weekly 7
30 mg weekly 7
0.6 mL weekly 6
5 mg weekly 6

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Why patients stopped taking Methotrexate

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 455
Did not seem to work 240
Doctor's advice 229
Other 106
Course of treatment ended 50
Personal research 28
Expense 14
Change in health plan coverage 13
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Duration

Currently taking Methotrexate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 90
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 55

Stopped taking Methotrexate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 124
1 - 6 months 167
6 months - 1 year 152
1 - 2 years 112
2 - 5 years 148
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 31
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 826
Usually 104
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 50
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 72
Somewhat hard to take 142
A little hard to take 181
Not at all hard to take 601
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 6
$50-99 23
$25-49 44
< $25 481
Not specified 434

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methotrexate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 51
Prednisone (Deltasone) 27
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 14
Azathioprine (Imuran) 11
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 8

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Patients stopped taking Methotrexate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Leflunomide (Arava) 32
Azathioprine (Imuran) 20
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 18
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 17
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 15

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47 patient evaluations for Methotrexate

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Apr 10, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Started on pills and then added til maxed then went to shots because of stomach issues. Stopped after starting a new treatment It worked for awhile but then it stopped working.

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Apr 10, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for psoriatic arthritis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Weekly

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Jul 21, 2016 (Started Nov 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Crohn's disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (grogginess)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Allow time to adjust after taking it for tiredness and very groggy and hard to focus. It is good for getting more than usual sleep.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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May 26, 2016 (Started Oct 30, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for arthritis pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 22.5 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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