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Laura’s CVS Commercial with Kelly’s CVS and the “a” Word

Once upon a time, a family switched insurance companies. Mother went to Target to pickup groceries methotrexate with a $10 coupon. When she went to the counter to pay, the insurance had “denied” coverage for the medicine. In the age of cell phones, mother figured she could cure this problem in a moment right there...Continue reading      40 Comments » Read more

Failed Experiment: Methotrexate & Over the Counter Folic Acid

When I met my first rheumatologist, I left with a handful of prescriptions. One for folic acid. Really? Did I need a prescription for a vitamin? Doc said “to make sure it's enough, yes, it’s a lot more than a daily allowance.” I already knew why over the counter supplements (OTC) are not considered as reliably dosed...Continue reading      48 Comments » Read more

A Methotrexate Alternative for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

This molecule has “the potential to further improve the most successful principle of folate inhibition in the treatment” of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Folate antagonism has been the foundation of treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis for almost two decades. Methotrexate is used to inhibit the proliferation of inflammatory cells, probably at least in part by folate antagonism. There are...Continue reading      30 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumors: 2 Mysteries Solved

I thought it was brilliant the other day when a commenter called RA “the ghost disease.” It’s true that many RA myths persist and that researchers don’t yet know exactly how Rheumatoid Arthritis works. Which joints can be affected? Is there a nutritional cure that we are overlooking?   Confusion about RA is perpetuated in plenty...Continue reading      32 Comments » Read more

Perception, Reputation, & Information: How Do We Decide about Dangerous Drugs?

Widespread mis-information on methotrexate In an article in The Rheumatologist, Dr. Bruce Cronstein writes about his frustration with misinformation online about methotrexate. He wonders aloud whether there is some intentional campaign against it. I guess many websites paint an ominous picture of the sunny yellow liquid – or pills – we love to hate. There are...Continue reading      60 Comments » Read more

Unusual Methotrexate Side Effects

Many patients take low enough doses of methotrexate that they don’t even have side effects... But, some strange methotrexate side effects are for real No one ever told me methotrexate could have side effects. I’m not complaining! I think that worked for me. I didn’t approach the treatment with fear. Don’t get me wrong – there was drama....Continue reading      115 Comments » Read more

Folic Acid with Methotrexate: the Debate

Folic acid & methotrexate: a tug of war Methotrexate is the most common medicine used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, some say it is still a mystery exactly how it works. Several sources I’ve read say that, because methotrexate is a folate antagonist, it inhibits the production of harmful cells with Rheumatoid Arthritis in a similar...Continue reading      54 Comments » Read more

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