Ibuprofen gel and methotrexate

palo
palo Member Posts: 240
edited 20. Mar 2017, 10:08 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi,

Does anyone here on methotrexate use ibuprofen gel? I have been on methotrexate for years but with recent diagnosis of arthritis my GP said to use ibuprofen gel, as I cant take it in tablet (methotrexate contra-indicated), just double checking, it (the gel) is safe to do so, as it is not ingested.

Thankyou for your help.

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  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,552
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    The best person to advise is your pharmacist. We are not doctors, we do not know your full medical history and we cannot tell you the best course of action.

    I use it but only in extremis and only to for my OA: I am bone-on-bone through both knees and the pain is exquisite, the relief offered is minimal but I feel I've done something positive towards making the dross more tolerable. I also have diclofenac tablets (same dog, different piece of string) so I use one or the other. I prefer the gel as it's one less tablet to swallow and digest (I inject meth, 15mgs per week and humira (40mls) every fortnight). DD
  • palo
    palo Member Posts: 240
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have had confirmation that this is ok, but not long term use of lots of the gel..
  • palo
    palo Member Posts: 240
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you for your reply DreamDaisy.

    I too am loathe to swallow any more pills than I have to. Having got down from 30 a day to about 10 it is more manageable and I begrude adding anything more to the mix.

    I plan to hold out against painkillers for as long as I can..
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,552
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    You're welcome. I can understand the reluctance to take the pain relief but, even though it doesn't achieve much, it helps me to muddle through on a day-to-day basis and that contributes towards my self-esteem . DD

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