Can you have chills from methotrexate?
by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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Yes. You can. And here are other things you need to know…
Methotrexate should only be administered under the supervision of a qualified physician experienced in the use of this medication.
Methotrexate may cause side effects that could be dangerous or life-threatening. Methotrexate has been reported to cause blood and bone marrow problems (fever, chills, sore throat, unusual bruising or bleeding, black, bloody or tarry stools,); lung problems (unexplained shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing); stomach problems (diarrhea, abdominal pain, sores in or around the mouth); liver problems (yellow skin or eyes, unusual fatigue); kidney problems (blood in the urine; darkened urine, swelling of the feet or legs); and others. Seek medical attention immediately if you develop any of these symptoms.
Do not take methotrexate if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Methotrexate is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that it is known to cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Methotrexate can affect a baby both when a woman is treated and when a man is treated. If the woman is being treated with methotrexate, pregnancy must be avoided during treatment and for one ovulatory cycle following treatment. If the man is being treated with methotrexate, pregnancy must be avoided during treatment and for 3 months following treatment.
Do not drink alcohol or at least curtail its use while taking methotrexate.
Methotrexate interferes with the production of DNA, which is the genetic material in cells. Methotrexate has a greater effect on cells that reproduce often such as cancer cells, bone marrow cells, skin cells, and others. This is how methotrexate works in the treatment of cancer and psoriasis. It is not known exactly how methotrexate works in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. However, it is termed an "anti-proliferative" drug because it seems to block the proliferation of inflammatory cells.
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