Methotrexate belongs to a class of medicines called disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). DMARDs reduce symptoms such as pain and swelling and slow down the progress of certain autoimmune diseases (disease where the body's natural defence system attacks own body cells) such as:
□Systemic lupus erythematosus
□Inflammatory bowel disease
In the long term, it reduces permanent damage to the organs such as joints, lung and skin. It may be used on its own or in combination with other DMARDs or biologic agents.
Side effects may occur when taking Methotrexate, but the majority of these effects tend to resolve spontaneously. Common side effects include:
Folic acid tablet may be prescribed by your doctor to prevent or decrease certain side effects. It is usually taken the day after Methotrexate.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist about any symptoms that becomes bothersome
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember if this is within two days of the scheduled dose. For example, scheduled dose is on Monday, you remember on Wednesday, take Methotrexate on Wednesday and return to Monday schedule the next week.
Otherwise, skip the forgotten dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. For example, scheduled dose is on Monday, you remember on Friday, skip dose and take usual dose next Monday.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten dose.
If you have further questions about Methotrexate, please call ______________________ (office number) to discuss with your doctor / pharmacist / specialty nurse (please circle as appropriate).