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I couldn’t settle to the oral version, dizziness, skin rashes and sores, my right forearm is permanently scared. However my rheumatology consultant suggested ‘pen injections’, I have had no problems with them and they have reduced swelling.
Good luck to you.
Welcome to the forum from me as well. You will find people on here who take methotrexate and who also have psoriatic arthritis. Below are links to Versus Arthritis information on the two which you may find interesting:
There is also a Versus Arthritis freephone helpline, if you would like to talk to someone it is 0800 5200 520 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.
Look forward to reading your future posts and reading how you are getting on.
Increase steadily as prescribed. Rest the day after as much as possible. Many recommend carbs for any queasiness - one even fish and chips!
Take care and let us know how you get on
Hi SuzanneF and lkn
I have psoriatic arthritis and the oral methotrexate side effects were too severe for me so you're definitely not alone with this. I haven't tried the Metoject pen as yet,may be my next option when I see the rheumatologist next (whenever that may be)
I'm interested to try it after reading Crookesey's comments above.
I'm on low dose prednisolone at the moment which isn't taking all the pain away.
Please let us know how you get on.
The one thing that we all should appreciate is that the rheumatology medics need to know exactly how we feel about our respective medications, if we don’t tell them how are they supposed to know? How many times have I heard medical staff say “how are you today” to patients? only to be answered in a positive manner, were British, that’s what we do. I’m not a moaner, but these guys need to know how their work is progressing or not, whichever the case may be.
I told my consultant that I would not take oral Methotrexate any more as it had bad side effects on me, some being visibly evident. He offered me the Metoject PEN straight away and I haven’t had a problem with it.
Welcome to the forum its good to see you posting.
You say you have just been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and taking methotrexate,i expect you are still getting use to the diagnosis and finding out about your arthritis and the drugs you take to help you.
We are all very friendly and understand how you feel, the most popular forums are Living with Arthritis, Chit Chat and vals café.
please choose a forum or forums and enjoy chatting to others
All the best Christine
Lynda, are you taking Methotrexate orally or by some form of injection? I’m no expert but am guessing that you, like me, are allergic to the oral version, why not see what your rheumatologist thinks?
I’m Metoject PEN injecting 15mg of Methotrexate once a week and 5mg of Folic Acid orally two days later, I haven’t had a problem with this.
20 years of RA..and 10 years OA...On Enbrel Entenarcept Injections once a week.
methotrexate for 15 years Tablets and Alternatively injections pen...
NHS changed the companies they use to produce these and each time I had a different outcome. 1. Not much relief from RA, and had skin rash,and headaches..sickness.
Injections made me very sick and Very bad headaches.
oh and now blood tests every 3 months not every month..😢
altho the NHS also change supplier of Enbrel to Benpali..which I Also had to revert back to Enbrel...Oh my.
wish they would leave things that work for us..Rant...over.
also changed from folic Acid everyday , to calcium once a week..oh hum