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I am going to be started on 25mg of methotextrate by injection. Have been told i am to be trained to inject myself. Could anyone tell me more about this and what side effects should i expect (if any)

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    Hi Heather,I have now been on that dose of methotrexate for ten weeks.Was apprehensive about injecting myself but its a piece of cake.Pre filled injector pen and you cannot feel needle going in as it goes just below the skin.At last no GI side effects.Touch wood all I get is a red area at injection site which fades in two weeks.As alternate legs it helps show where next not to injectGood luck
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    Hi, like Gillian said, injection method is easy. Pre filled pen, jab it in and press the top until it all goes in. Wipe it over with a piece of cotton wool, round plaster if it is still bleeding or you are going out somewhere. Less side GI side effects than those horrible tablets, still have to get your bloods done to check you are ok but that goes down from every two weeks, to every month and then 6 weeks. I tried it first in my stomach as more fat there - but better done in the thigh area. Good luck with it and hope it helps.
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      Not just you mate I had same problems too! C section scar / stretch marks as well, they didn't tell me not to avoid it though. I thought it would be better as it skin still a bit numb round there, main problem was that wherever I injected it, it rubbed on my jeans and wasn't comfortable, so after fourth go, went and did it in my leg instead. Much easier in top part of thigh. More comfortable than those Depo injections.
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