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I was diagnosed with RA at the end of April. Apparently my condition is relatively mild – I hope so! My Rheumatologist initially put me on SALAZOPYRIN which I reacted badly too. I am now 2 weeks in to taking METHOTREXATE (12mg weekly) a small dose and obviously this has not had time to take effect yet.
How does a Rheumatologist determine which meds to prescribe? There are so many out there and the side effects all vary to a degree. I hate the thought of putting something so toxic in my body. Is it literally just a case of trial and error? For instance most feedback back regarding consuming alcohol while taking METHOTREXATE is to avoid yet my RT knows I enjoy a glass of wine (or 3) & is happy for me to do so? Also I am in my mid-thirties & relatively newly married if I want to conceive I have to allow 3 months of being off this before trying surely at my age it would make sense to prescribe me something that wouldn’t be a problem if I did get pregnant. I would have to go through the pain & frustration of adjusting to something new. I know I have to trust he knows what he is doing but it’s frustrating. We are currently UK expats in the middle east so the language barrier doesn’t help! Being new to RA any feedback and knowledge would be much appreciated.
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