Methotrexate and Alcohol Advice

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I'm 15, I have juvenile orthopaedic arthritis and am currently on 17.5mg of methotrexate (injection), and adlimuab. I drink regurlarly on weekends, I know I'm underage, but still. I am recommended to drink around 3-4units a week however I normally have triple that, around 15-20 units. The night I drink I get pains around my ribs on the right side of my body, around my liver however its gone the day after. I take methotrexate weekly on Mondays. Any adivce on how I could still drink with minimal damage to my liver?

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    Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis even, I have had since I was 4, and been on methotrexate for around 3 years, I have only recently started drinking while taking methotrexate,
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    Oh Luke.  How tough for you. Get regular blood tests. Explore liver detox ideas with a dietician.  
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    Hi Luke, I am sorry that you have to take MTX at all but you really shouldn't be drinking at all at 15 and the with quantities that you drink, you will be lucky to see 20.

    You need help with this.  Do you have anyone you can talk to?  Are you in the UK?  If you can't talk to your parents, then call Childline or another charity for help. 

    We have only just read this week, that blood tests don't always show liver disease until it is too late and scans are more reliable.

    You must try to stop drinking alcohol.

    Good luck Luke.

     

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    I do hope that you are getting the benefit of methotrexate and it must be difficult for you at your age with all the dos and donts associated with this drug.  Be careful with the drinking though as I am sure you don't want to take risks.  Maybe try and reduce the alcohol closer to the recommended levels as it will be safer for you.
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    Hi Luke, I'm with Mrsmop on this. It's tough enough to have arthritis but to have a liver problem over that will be unbearable. Try cut down on the alcohol or seek help if you can't do it in your own
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    I have just posted to someone else who wanted to drink while taking MTX, perhaps you should read the posts  

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/delaying-a-dose-314302?page=0#867027

     

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    Luke, you haven't been back,  is someone helping you?  I hope so
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    Hi Luke. I have also juvenile orthopaedic arthritis and I'm starting methotrexate next week. Do you have any side effects from it? And would you recomend the injection or the oral pills? Grateful for answers!
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