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I have just been diagnosed with RA. My rheumatologist has told me that although it's in the early stages, I have a particularly aggressive form of the disease. I certainly feel dreadfully ill and have had a steroid injection in readiness for starting on the meds. I am due to start taking Methotrexate tablets in one week's time, initially starting with a weekly dose of 10mg for first four weeks, then increasing to 15mg and so on. I've been told to take my weekly dose in one go, on a set day and for the other 6 days, I will be taking folic acid. I have been reading up on this drug and am somewhat apprehensive about the side effects I may experience - I understand that it's also used in the treatment of cancer. I realise that side effects vary greatly from person to person but I would be grateful to learn of anyone else's experience with methotrexate and would welcome any words of advice you may have. Thank you.
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