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Posted by beau on August 15, 2000 at 09:34:18:

In Reply to: methatrexate posted by Cyndi on August 14, 2000 at 21:21:31:

: Hello

: I was wondering if anyone can help me. My mother just started taking Methatrexate once a week, she is taking 5mg. She has R.A. Does anyone else take this amount? Or have info on anything about it? Please let me know. Thank You!

: Cyndi


Hi Cyndi,
Methotrexate is a drug ( an immuno-suppressant ) that has been prescribed for Rheumatoid arthritis for a long time--since the 80's. 5 mg's per week is a very low dose. You can expect the rheumatologist to raise that dose, over time, to something between the 5 that she is using now and 30 mg's per week, until there is an acceptable benefit. If there is not a benefit, then the doctor will suggest moving on to a different treatment program with a different drug or combo of drugs.


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