Help with nausea

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Hope everyone had a good Christmas.  Thanks to everyone who responded to my first post.  I eventually saw the doctor and was put on Methotrexate three 2.5mg for two weeks, four for two weeks and five going forwards.  Since my second week (last Wednesday) I have been nauseous and getting worse.  Can anyone help as surgery is closed and hospital not available.

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    Hi Yvonne

    the arthritis foundation says you can split the dose- half in morning and half in evening ( taken with food)

    but most important of course is taking folic acid as this counteracts the side effects of nausea etc.

    What has your rheumy prescribed? If you are taking 7 and half mg methotrexate then you should have 7 and half mg folic acid next day ( or some rheumies spread that dose over a few days) that increases to 10mg when mxt moves to 10 mg

    Hope this helps till you can contact someone

     

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      Hi

      As I understand it, you can have exactly same mg folic acid as mtx- so it should be fine to take 7half mg( an inconvenient 1 and half tablets I suspect!) are you taking it the day following? That s what I have to do.

      But don't take more than that per week and not on same day as mtx as someone has said.

      i think a pharmacist could advise you if you wanted to be sure about increasing the folic acid to 7 and a half.

      if it s any consolation the nausea usually decreases with time and tweaks of management. 

      All the best

       

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    Have you been prescribed folic acid to take the bay before and the day after the methotrexate? If not I believe you can buy it over the counter. I was given it to take the day before and day after, but ended up told to take it every day except on the methotrexate day.
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    Hi Yvonne,sorry you are getting the side effects.You can be prescribed folic acid to ease this although it cannot be taken the same day as the methotrexate.If side effects too bad you can be switched to injections which they teach you to do yourself .Good luck
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    There's also a med called leucovorin which is a folic acid + calcium combination; it worked much better for me than the folic acid. It's prescription & taken the same way.

    I continued to get severe nausea the day I took the MTX and the day after. I asked for zofran just for those 2 days. You could also try ginger--ginger drops, crystallized ginger, ginger candy.

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    Can someone tell me why you are not supposed to take folic acid the same day as methotrexate? My doctor prescribed one pill a day everyday even on my MTX day.
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    Hi Yvonne when I was on mtx I used to take it towards the evening after I'd eaten a couple of meals and snacks and after taking the days worth of anti sickness tablets (I was taking three a day). Then have an early night and sleep through the nausea. My aim was to get to 20mg, however I didn't get there because when I got to a certain mg ( can't quite remember what point) I couldn't increase anymore without vomiting. I switched to self injecting, doing that bypassed the stomach causing less side effects. Hope this helps.
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      Hi Gemma i am only on 7.5mg so i dread to think what i will be like when i increase to 10mg on Wednesday.  however, i will ask about anti sickness tablets.

      Thanks for your support

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      Hi Yvonne,you can take 5mg folic acid 6days a week but unfortunately by 25mg methotrexate I had to do injectionsThey are no trouble and four weeks on touch wood no side effects as bypasses digestive tract plus as added benefit the liver.
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