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I have just been diagnosed with sera negative rheumatoid arthritis by a private consultant who advised I should get into the NHS system (no private cover) and informed me I would be put on a combination of methotrexate and Hydroxchloroquine. I go for my first NHS appt on Thursday and am worried about the side effects of methotrexate - having read the discussions on this website! I'm pretty sure these are the drugs I'll be offered as the same consultant heads the NHS team I'm referred to. Does anyone have a good story to tell me about methotrexate?
I know they like to prescribe a combination of drugs but can hydroxochloquine work on its own? It sounds so much safer....or could I ask for a combination of hydroxychoraquine and sulfasalazine instead..... Is that ever offered? Are the medics receptive to patient's opinions/fears?
I have no idea what to expect on Thursday - any advice would be helpful.
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