To Restart or Not To Restart Methotrexate?

Posted on

To restart or not to restart – that is the question. My rheumatologist has prescribed me methotrexate again. She stated again at my last appointment that studies prove that the biologic medications work better when they are taken with methotrexate. Which may be true, but I remember vividly the reasons as to why I told my rheumatologist in Darwin that I would be discontinuing methotrexate in January 2007.

After 15 years of weekly doses of methotrexate (orally to begin with before eventually progressing to injections), the nausea, fatigue and generally feeling unwell took it’s toll and I craved a feeling of normality.

I’ve been off methotrexate now for 7 years and I am seriously considering beginning treatment again. i tell all my medical team that the best biologic I had ever been on was Etanercept and that nothing had worked as well since. In hindsight I also have taken methotrexate with any of the other biologics so it possibly isn’t a fair assumption that the other medications didn’t work as well. Taken properly (in conjunction with other medications as prescribed), they may well have been just as good.

Writing about this tonight has helped me make the decision to give methotrexate another try. I was on 30mg per week before I ceased treatment so maybe asking my rheumatologist to prescribe a smaller dose of 10mg per week to start with and increase from there if necessary might be a better way to go. The last thing I want with having two small children, work and trying to set up a business is to spend the vast majority of my day feeling sick.

See how we go…

2 thoughts on “To Restart or Not To Restart Methotrexate?

    Click here said:
    May 12, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Have you ever thought about publishing an e-book or guest authoring on other
    blogs? I have a blog based on the same subjects you discuss and would really
    like to have you share some stories/information. I know my
    viewers would value your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an email.

      ArthriticEntrepreneur responded:
      May 14, 2014 at 5:56 am

      Hi, thank you for your message. Can I enquire please as to what your blog is called?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s