Taking Methotrexate To Cure Arthritis And Cancer

by GuestPoster on November 30, 2011

Arthritis is one of the most painful disorders that anyone can experience. Cancer is one of the world’s leading killers, and in some recent surveys it may even be number one, taking the crown from heart disease. So far, none of these two sicknesses have a permanent and fully effective cure yet, but Methotrexate is one of the medicines prescribed to cure both arthritis and cancer, because it specializes in limiting the production of certain fast-growing cells in the body, which can work well on people suffering from cancer or arthritis.

No one knows for sure how Methotrexate benefits rheumatoid arthritis, but it seems that Methotrexate arthritis works on decreasing the development of the disease. The drug is given in large doses at the early stage of arthritis, when it seems to work the best. When prescribed for arthritis, Methotrexate is classified as a DMARD, or disease-modifying antirheumatic drug. Methotrexate can also be taken with other DMARDs to further slow down rheumatoid arthritis if the person isn’t allergic to the drug, or if no side effects ensue from the combination of drugs.

When given for cancerous disease, Methotrexate should be taken not as a cure for cancer, because it cannot rid anyone of the disease, but rather will interfere or halt the growth of the cancer cells. It is vitally important for the doctor to give the right Methotrexate dose and for the patient to observe it carefully, for taking too little of the medicine won’t slow down the progression of cancer, and taking too much Methotrexate may make the drug turn to slowing down the growth of other, non-cancerous cells. Blood tests and checks for both the kidneys and liver are important, so any hospital appointments should be kept.

Methotrexate is known to be particularly tricky when it is taken along with other drugs. Interactions are not uncommon with drugs like Omeprazole, as are Coumadin side effects, although in most cases those taking Methotrexate regularly will not experience serious side effects as long as they prioritize it over other medications, and some may not go through any side effects at all. Doctors will warn their patients to report any reactions they observe after they have taken Methotrexate, and any drugs that may also be taken, even if they are mere herbal or vitamin supplements and painkillers, to avoid the risk of dangerous drug interactions as much as possible. Methotrexate may not be the cure for both arthritis and cancer, but the medicine can help those suffering from these disorders to stay as well as possible.

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