Methotrexate and supplements

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Hi anyone who is reading this, I take a vitamin d each day and fish oil but I believe there are some supplements that can conflict with methotrexate, e.g. Immune boosting being the main culprit, my question is does anyone know if I can take probiotics

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    For safety - ask your doctor or a pharmacist. I can't see why you can't take probiotics though - but a specialist is the best person to ask.

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    Hi, I eat probiotic yoghurt and drink homemade milk Kefir it's a strong probiotic and I have no problems, never heard of any issues with medications, you could ask GP if he knows any reason not to have probiotics.

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      Yes I will, thankyou, I know that definately anti biotics are a no no you have to stop taking methotrexate while on them, mind you it's difficult as say you get a weeks supply on the same day or the day after you took methotrexate you would have to wait until the next week I guess to start taking them, not sure how that works

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      hmm... interesting that they have never told me this, but then again I'm really never "sick" in that sense what with my super-immunity always busy attacking my body and all. When I was on the antibiotic, it was for 5 days and I started it the day after my MTX shot.

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      Maybe it depends on the type of infection and strength of antibiotics being used? My mother has been on MTX for a while but recently was admitted to hospital with a bad case of cellulitis.  She was given IV antibiotics initially for several days, and then oral antibiotics for a week. During this time the MTX was stopped and her steroids were increased temporarily. MTX was re-started once the antibiotics had been finished.
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    My Rheumatologist suggested it so I started taking them.   Didn't do anything so I stopped.

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    I have been on calcium and vitamin D x2 daily for 10 years also take

    forceval multi vitamins

    Never been told to stop MTX even when on antibiotics

    Never tried probiotics

    My pharmacist is pretty good with advice so maybe yours can help

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    Thanks so much for replying everyone, very interesting to know that methotrexate doesn't have to stop on certain antibiotics, maybe different hospitals around the world have different ideas I guess

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    I think being proactive with healthy practices, rather than taking pills only, is wonderful. Just clear it with your rheumatologist first. Taking your meds as prescribed is a good first step but following up with your vitamin D, taking some turmeric, juices, etc. is helpful. Also physical exercise; gardening, walking, sky diving, etc.cheesygrin
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