Posted by Trisha
on July 14, 2000 at 12:07:45:
In Reply to: Re: Methotrexate Injections posted by Jeff on June 13, 2000 at 00:21:38:
: : : : I have been taking Methotrexate for 5 months now and I have had a number of mouth ulcers and more resent very bad head aches I have heard that the injections for Methotrexate have less side affects then the pills.
: : : : I would appreciate any input from others who have tried
: : : : Can you do the injections yourself or does it have to be a Doctor?
: : : Hi
: : : Im sorry you have been having problems with your medication. I have been on methotrexate a number of times, but unfortunatly i get very bad nausia and other side effects, at first i was on it orally but because of the side effects they decided to try injections, i had them once a week, and i had to visit my local GP to get them.
: : : Unfortunatly it did not seem to make any difference with me as i still had side effects.
: : : But really i am glad that i at least tried it.
: : : I don't think that you are aloud to admiister the injection yourself but if you have a local GP they can store and administer it for you, to save a trip out to your arthritis doctor.
: : : Hope this helps and that things improve for you soon !
: : : Bec
: : Hi,
: : I'm sorry to hear both of you had no luck with Methotrexate. I have a 2 year old daughter with JRA and she is taking the injections. She has improved 100%. Her dr. said that the side affects are more likely to happen to adults because of the dosage. And i don't know what state both of you live in, but I am allowed to give her the shots myself. However, I'm too chicken and have a home nurse come and give them.
: I've been taking Methotrexate for 5+ yrs.. At first I took the pills but switched to the injections because of a significant cost savings. I'm 48 yrs. old and I too have experienced sores in the mouth but only on rare occasions. I self administer the injections once per week in a dosage that has ranged from .6cc to .9cc depending on need. Self-injecting is something that I don't necessarily like, but since I have to do it, it's not really that tough at all. Good luck to you!
In response to your experience with soures in the mouth. Folic Acid really helps in fact in most cases seams to eliminate them altogether. You will need a precription strength from your doctor. I will also help with the side effect of hair loss. Also, I have been self administering my injections (1.cc)once a week for over a year. Just make sure your injection needle is at least two inches long. Over time, you will find that you give a better injection than your doctor or nurse. I also have been self injecting the new medication Enbrel for over a year. This new drug is truly wonderful. I have suffered with RA for over nine years and this drug in combination with the methotrexate and my other nsaids is the first thing that has let me have my life back. Hope this info helps.