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Old 12-15-2007, 02:29 PM   #1
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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Was diagnosed with RA a few months ago, just started methotrexate on Friday and I've been so sick to my stomach I can't stand it.
How long does it take for mtx to work?

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Old 12-17-2007, 11:41 AM   #2
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Re: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Are you taking the MTX with food. That helps me a lot. Also, are you taking Folic Acid too?

I've been taking MTX since July. My RD is attempting to get approval from my insurance company for Enbrel since the MTX doesn't seem to be helping. Therefore, I can't tell you have long it takes to be effective. I thought I heard it was 2 to 6 weeks, but I could be wrong on that.

Hope you feel better soon!

Old 12-25-2007, 07:31 PM   #3
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Re: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Originally Posted by sunshine8790 View Post
Was diagnosed with RA a few months ago, just started methotrexate on Friday and I've been so sick to my stomach I can't stand it.
How long does it take for mtx to work?
Well it usually takes six to 8 weeks to feel some effects although it hasnt been helping me much. I have RA for many years and alreadly had a total knee replacement 12 years ago at age 36. I started on enbrel 3 weeks ago and still taking all my other meds until I see my rheumatologist in January. Currently I am on methotrexate,plaquenil,azulfidine, folic acid and enbrel.

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