Quick Answer: Can Methotrexate Be Taken Long Term?

How long can you take methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis?

How long will methotrexate take to start working.

It’s not immediate.

Many RA patients will start to experience an improvement in symptoms after six to eight weeks on methotrexate, but it can take up to six months before you would reach the full benefits of taking the drug..

Is Methotrexate worth the risk?

Research suggests that people who take methotrexate may have a higher risk for certain cancers (melanoma, lymphoma, and lung cancer) compared to people who don’t take methotrexate. However, it’s important to know that people with RA already have a higher risk for cancer, whether or not they are taking methotrexate.

Is Methotrexate bad for your heart?

A new study found that methotrexate didn’t reduce the risk of heart attacks in people without arthritis. If you have any type of inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), there’s a good chance that you’re taking methotrexate or have tried it at some point.

Should I drink lots of water with methotrexate?

It is important to take methotrexate exactly as directed by your doctor. Take the dose with a glass of water while standing or sitting upright. Drink plenty of water (8 cups or 2,000 mL [2 litres]) on the day you take your methotrexate.

Can I take vitamin D with methotrexate?

No interactions were found between methotrexate and Vitamin D3. This does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult your healthcare provider.

How long can I stay on methotrexate?

Many patients with rheumatoid arthritis have stayed on this drug for 20 years or more.