Experience with Methotrexate?
Hello, I have been on 20 mg of Prednisone for about 2 months and at my next Rheumatologist check-up this week, my doctor is going to talk to me about the option to add Methotrexate on top of the Prednisone. Has anyone tried this? Any success? Any advise? Seems like another strong drug to have to worry about the side effects. Wondering if it's worth it.
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Thank you for sharing. Did any other negative side effects occur from the Methotrexate, like hair loss, since it's a chemo drug?
Do you mind sharing why you did not do well on it? were there adverse side effects?
Wow! that's interesting! How long have you been on the methotrexate? and how soon after your original PMR diagnosis did you start and how many mg Prednisone were you on when you added the Methotrexate? I am 2 months with PMR and on 20 mg Prednisone. Did you experience any hair loss from the Methotrexate?
@abbeyc – I had no side effects or reaction to Methotrexate at all. In tablet form, and in such a low dosage it really does not work like a cancer drug, although it is one. I think one would be more affected if it were taken in, say, 100mg.+ infusions.
I wish I could have remained on the full dose of 8 X 2.5mg pills as nothing else has worked on my psoriasis as well as Methotrexate did. If it weren’t for the fact I have Fatty Liver Disease, I could have continued with it.
I was never prescribed Prednisone with it. I imagine Prednisone is prescribed as a precaution against an allergic reaction …?
I had terrible digestive problems.
Thank you for that information. This makes me feel better about trying it. Those of us with PMR are put on Prednisone to control the pain and symptoms. and then we slowly work our way down to low or no dosages of Prednisone. None of us want to be on steroids. My doctor says Methotrexate is a way to potentially get off the steroids faster. I will learn more tomorrow.
Just got back from the Rheumatologist and was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis on top of my PMR and Temporal Arteritis because of scaly scalp, skin, weird looking fingernails, etc. That is why I've been having so much trouble getting off of Prednisone. Been put on 10mg of Methotrexate along with 7 1/2 mg of Prednisone. Taking me down on the Prednisone brought out the Psoriatic Arthritis. Hopefully, I won't have any side effects from the Methotrexate. Fingers crossed.
The only thing I was told – if I didn't take the Folic – I would know by the side effects —- that was it — no hair loss —– yet
They gave me a sheet with side effects and did also give me folic acid to take as well.
My doctors DID NOT tell me as to what my sugar level would do under Prednisone —– that upset me —- my sugar hit 400 — I started cutting my Predisone back after almost a month — 5 mg every 10 days — when I went back to my family doctor, he and I had a little talk ——————–