Methotrexate: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Composition & More - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT METHOTREXATE
METHOTREXATE belongs to class of drugs known as anti-metabolites and immunosuppressants. It is used in the treatment of psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.
• Muscle weakness
• Stomach pain
• Loss of appetite
• Low blood pressure
• Skin rash
• Coughing up blood
It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR METHOTREXATE
• Do not self-medicate. Take it only when prescribed by a doctor.
• Inform your doctor if you have stomach ulcers infection, kidney or liver problems.
• Bring to your doctor’s notice if you are going to have any vaccination or radiotherapy.
• Inform your doctor if you consume excessive alcohol as it may increase the risk of liver problems.
• Your doctor might advise you to get laboratory tests done before and during the treatment.
• Check with your doctor before taking other medication like antibiotics, antacids, vitamin supplements, medicine used for diabetes and arthritis along with METHOTREXATE.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How does METHOTREXATE work? A. METHOTREXATE belongs to class of drugs known as anti-metabolites and immunosuppressants. It is used in the treatment of psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. METHOTREXATE works by lowering or stopping the excess cell growth in psoriasis and supressing the immune system in rheumatoid arthritis.
Q. Does METHOTREXATE used in cancer treatment? A. Yes, METHOTREXATE is also used in cancer treatment. METHOTREXATE kills cancer cells by stopping the cancer cells to divide and multiply.
Q. Can METHOTREXATE cause birth defects? A. Yes, METHOTREXATE causes birth defects. You are highly recommended not to take METHOTREXATE during pregnancy or if you are trying to conceive, because it can be harmful to unborn baby (Malformations of the face, skull, and heart blood vessels, limbs and brain). Men and women are advised to use effective contraception while using METHOTREXATE. Please discuss with doctor and keep your doctor informed before taking any medicine.
Q. Can METHOTREXATE cause infections? A. Yes, METHOTREXATE may cause infections as METHOTREXATE may decrease the white blood cells count. White blood cells are involved in protecting the body against foreign organisms causing infections.
Q. What if I forget to take METHOTREXATE? A. If you forgot to take METHOTREXATE, skip that dose and take the regular dose the next time. Do not take the forgotten dose with the prescribed dose. It may increase the effect of METHOTREXATE and cause unwanted side effects.