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Starting my new meds

frank50frank50 Posts: 28
Hi everyone
So Im still walking ok after my first two depo meldrone shots and my RA doc has given my GP info on my new meds to give me. Methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine & folic acid. I would like to know what not to eat while on this as Im a bit confused to be honest as some people say stay of citris drinks and another no its ok or taking echinesea that boosts your immune system is any good.

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  • helpline_teamhelpline_team Posts: 2,070
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi frank50

    Thanks for your post to Helplines. Good luck with beginning your treatment. You are recommended to check out complimentary therapies with your rheumatology team before starting any (unfortunately you may need to be cautious). I'm not aware of particular dietary restrictions with methotrexate (the key issue is to to keep your alcohol intake within modest limits) or hydroxychoroquine. But I'm doing an information search and will come back to you.

    https://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/drugs/methotrexate.aspx

    https://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/drugs/hydroxychloroquine.aspx

    All the best
    Guy
  • frank50frank50 Posts: 28
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Many thanks Guy

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  • frank50frank50 Posts: 28
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    The links you provided basically give me the same helpfull info I got from my RA doctor but in leaflet form supplied by Arthritis research UK. I have included in my diet ginger, tumeric & omega 3 6 9 supplements. Going to cut down my weekend wine intake and no processed foods. No idea if all this will be better for me but I like to try it all out first to see what happens. My knees and wrists were pretty bad a few months ago and would hate to go through that again.

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  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Frank, I steer clear of acidic and citrus foods because they aggravate my OA: as you are in the early days of an auto-immune arthritis you may find this does not apply to you. You must reduce your alcohol intake for at least three months so that your liver is not put under too much strain in having to process that plus the meth.

    Some of the meds for auto-immune arthritis I have taken meant that I could not eat pate or un-pasteurised cheeses so that has become a habit: grapefruit juice is also contra-indicated but as I heartily dislike grapefruit that has not been an issue! I hope you get on OK with the medication, I have been taking meth for years and have no trouble apart from feeling extra tired every now and again. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • helpline_teamhelpline_team Posts: 2,070
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi frank

    I'm attaching our information on healthy eating. Omega 3 has good evidence for its use with RA but omega 6 is an oil that has not such a good reputation (it can promote inflammation and is often found in processed foods).

    https://arthritiscare.org.uk/living-with-arthritis/healthy-eating-and-arthritis

    https://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/complementary-therapies/diet-and-supplements.aspx

    Do give us a ring at the Helpline, if you'd like a chat.

    best wishes

    Guy
  • frank50frank50 Posts: 28
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Many thanks for the helpfull advice and links folks, I will keep yeall updated on my progress.

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  • helpline_teamhelpline_team Posts: 2,070
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Frank
    The information search came back with the following:
    There are no documented food interactions with hydroychoroquine. Caffeine may reduce the effectiveness of methotrexate. (We'd already mentioned the need to limit alcohol.) No significant interactions with folic acid (it has an effect with methotrexate which is why it's prescribed.)
    all the best
    Guy
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