What is Methotrexate used for?
Methotrexate is used to treat certain types of cancer such as breast cancer, lung cancer, neck cancer, and skin cancer. It is also used to treat severe psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. This medication works by interfering with the growth of certain cells of the body, as well as by suppressing the immune system. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Methotrexate?
Like other medicines, Methotrexate can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Methotrexate are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Methotrexate cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Methotrexate develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Methotrexate can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, and blurred vision. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Methotrexate.
What is the recommended dosage of Methotrexate?
The dosage of Methotrexate prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Drink plenty of fluids while taking Methotrexate tablets.
What if you miss a dose of Methotrexate?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Methotrexate medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Methotrexate?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Methotrexate, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Methotrexate?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Methotrexate.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Methotrexate, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Methotrexate can interact with steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Methotrexate?
Is it possible for me to take Methotrexate with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Methotrexate?
What are the possible drug interactions of Methotrexate?
How will Methotrexate work in my body?
How should Methotrexate be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Methotrexate drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Methotrexate is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drugaaaaa.