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Methotrexate is a drug used to treat various conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, certain types of cancer, and psoriasis. It comes in the form of a tablet or injection. Your dosage will be based on factors like your weight, the condition being treated, and your age. This medication can cause serious side effects, such as low white blood cell counts.
What Is Methotrexate?Methotrexate (Rheumatrex®, Trexall®) is a prescription medication approved to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and various types of cancer.
What Are the Side Effects?As with any medicine, side effects are possible with methotrexate. This is a powerful medication that can cause significant and sometimes serious side effects.
- Mouth sores
- Low white blood cell count
- Upset stomach.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking It?You should talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking methotrexate if you have:
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver failure
- A weakened immune system due to HIV, AIDS, or various other causes
- Low blood cell counts of any type, such as anemia or low platelets
- Plans to receive radiation treatments
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Methotrexate and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Methotrexate and Breastfeeding).