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MTX , Is it always bad when u first start ?

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    mike Guest

    Default MTX , Is it always bad when u first start ?

    I haven't been on MTX for many years...but just started going back on it on Monday
    morning. (7.5 mg's to start)

    I don't remember feeling soo crappy for 3 straight days...while being on such a lose
    dose. I've been doing everything the same like I was before...drinking a lot of
    water , folic acid etc..

    heck, the last time I was on it (over 5 years ago) I was all the way up to 15 MG's a
    week....and after a couple months of being on it back then I barely noticed I was
    even on it. The side effects were so minimal.

    but man...... now its just horrible. If its gonna be like this every week , I might
    just quit early.

    so my question is, is it possible this is JUST because it's my first dose in many
    years....and so many bad cells are dying out all at once ? compared to someone
    that's been on it for months & side effects aren't as bad ?

    If so, any kind of description to help me understand this all is appreciated.
    Particularily why it's so bad when people first go back on it.....after not being on
    it for several years.

    any info is much appreciated


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    Donna G. Guest

    Default Re: MTX , Is it always bad when u first start ?




    Mike, my guess is that your system views this as a new medication even
    though you have been on it many years ago.

    Continue drinking lots of water, as this can be quite helpful. Also,
    for some, taking the medication at night before going to bed can be
    helpful as you sleep through some of the side effects.

    It may be that your system just needs time to readjust to the mtx again.

    Also, some switch to taking the mtx by injection instead of pill form,
    as you have less of the intestinal side effects (nausea, etc) since the
    injectable form bypasses the stomach and such.

    Also, if the folic acid doesn't help, some people need to be switched to
    Leucovorin instead of the folic acid.

    Sure hope things get to doing better for you and that the mtx does the
    trick!

    Keep us posted!

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    ..
    Donna
    ..
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    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually,
    Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
    *********** ***********( I
    Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

    2) 2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings,
    we call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!
    ..




  3. #3
    Navy Guest

    Default Re: MTX , Is it always bad when u first start ?

    On 6/9/2011 11:09 AM, Donna G. wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > Mike, my guess is that your system views this as a new medication even
    > though you have been on it many years ago.
    >
    > Continue drinking lots of water, as this can be quite helpful. Also,
    > for some, taking the medication at night before going to bed can be
    > helpful as you sleep through some of the side effects.
    >
    > It may be that your system just needs time to readjust to the mtx again.
    >
    > Also, some switch to taking the mtx by injection instead of pill form,
    > as you have less of the intestinal side effects (nausea, etc) since the
    > injectable form bypasses the stomach and such.
    >
    > Also, if the folic acid doesn't help, some people need to be switched to
    > Leucovorin instead of the folic acid.
    >
    > Sure hope things get to doing better for you and that the mtx does the
    > trick!
    >
    > Keep us posted!
    >
    > .
    > .
    > Donna
    > .
    > .
    > .
    > .
    > 1) Rejoice always, Pray continually,
    > Give thanks in all circumstances,
    > For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
    > ( I
    > Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)
    >
    > 2) 2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings,
    > we call them FRIENDS......
    >
    > 3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!
    > .
    >
    >
    >

    Donna, could there be some interaction with some meds he is taking now
    that he wasn't taking before? I also agree that being older it may take
    longer to adjust to.

    --
    Navy remove the fish

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    Donna G. Guest

    Default Re: MTX , Is it always bad when u first start ?




    I suppose there could be, but also, some times when we stop a med, when
    we go back to it, it doesn't always work effectively any more or it may
    effect our body differently than before.

    These RA meds are curious as to how they act and effect us some times.
    OR, maybe it's not the meds but our strange bodies! Your guess is as
    good as mine, LJ!

    ..
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    Donna
    ..
    ..
    ..
    ..
    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually,
    Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
    *********** ***********( I
    Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

    2) 2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings,
    we call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!
    ..




  5. #5
    Navy Guest

    Default Re: MTX , Is it always bad when u first start ?

    On 6/9/2011 9:50 PM, Donna G. wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > I suppose there could be, but also, some times when we stop a med, when
    > we go back to it, it doesn't always work effectively any more or it may
    > effect our body differently than before.
    >
    > These RA meds are curious as to how they act and effect us some times.
    > OR, maybe it's not the meds but our strange bodies! Your guess is as
    > good as mine, LJ!
    >
    > .
    > .
    > Donna
    > .
    > .
    > .
    > .
    > 1) Rejoice always, Pray continually,
    > Give thanks in all circumstances,
    > For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
    > ( I
    > Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)
    >
    > 2) 2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings,
    > we call them FRIENDS......
    >
    > 3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!
    > .
    >
    >
    >

    I do love the field of medicine when these "experts" have to say, "I
    don't know why it did that." I guess we are still baffling science.


    --
    Navy remove the fish

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    Donna G. Guest

    Default Re: MTX , Is it always bad when u first start ?




    Yeah, it's kind of funny, because so many think that medicine is an
    exact science and it really isn't! There are sooooo many things that
    doctors just don't know and their guess is as good as the average Joe's.

    ..
    ..
    Donna
    ..
    ..
    ..
    ..
    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually,
    Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
    *********** ***********( I
    Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

    2) 2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings,
    we call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!
    ..




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