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Date: 10.10.2013
From: Pat

Subject: just started medication

Hi all
2nd week on medication and not feeling to bad.Felt a bit sick on 1st dose with very bad headache. This week has been better. Noticeable pain in my feet and toes. Numerous appointments over the next week further blood test etc. Think I am coming to terms with it and understanding it a bit more. Will keep in touch
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Date: 11.10.2013
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: just started medication

Hi Pat , which drugs they got you on , Methotrexate seems to be the prefered drug now & it works very well for people that get on with it , myself been on it since 1998 ,if you are what dose they started you on & how much folic acid ?

hope it helps you soon
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Date: 12.10.2013
From: Pat

Subject: Re: just started medication

Hi Colin
Yes on methotrexate 4 2.5mg once a week then 1 folic acid tablet 2 days later. Still not sure if I want to take it, seems such a severe drug. Going to speak to the Doctor again. What do you think about it? do you worry about the affects on other parts of your body. Am I worrying to much, I am now having pain in the joints of my toes I have not had this before.
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Date: 13.10.2013
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: just started medication

Hi Pat , Methotrexate (MTX) is a very good drug for RA & PsA & it's the drug that has help reduce the joint damage alot of us suffered before they started using it , it has a lot of worring side effects but we take a very small dose compared to those with cancer

Folic Acid will help with the side effects & some of us take a 5mg folic acid tablet six days a week , it will help with most the side effects & allow you to take a higher dose of MTX at some time , I am on 25mg now & with no side effects at all & alot of the newer drugs with require you to be taking MTX as well , ask about increasing your Folic Acid as it will help the side effects

When I first had RA it was just one knuckle red with some pain & within 5 months had to give up work , hopefully they will be able to get yours under control if you can stick to the drugs , Arthritis Care & National Rheumatiod Arthritis Society both have free helplines which can be found in the link section above
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