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Posted by Jeff on June 13, 2000 at 00:21:38:

In Reply to: Re: Methotrexate Injections posted by Debby on June 06, 2000 at 14:20:38:

: : : 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!

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