My son (24) has been on Methotrexate for about 6 weeks.(20 mg) At first there were not many symptoms but a few weeks ago he started feeling nauseated the moring after, and it seems to be getting worse week after week. Is there anything he can take to help with this. I was wondering if gravol might help? He has really cut down on the naproxen since he start the MT, but I wonder if that is the thing to do if he still has significant pain? How long does it take this stuff to work?
Medications for RA
usually take a while to build up in your system and that means that the longer
you take them, the more effective they become. If your son is cutting down on Naproxen because
he feels he doesn't need it as much anymore, that's a good thing and a sign
that the Methotrexate is starting to work.
However, even though the disease modifying drug (like Methotrexate, TNF
blockers, etc.) is working, you can usually expect to still need painkillers, just not
as many as without the medication.
for RA also have a tendency to be really hard on the stomach. I recommend that your son talk to his
rheumatologist about his problems - it's a common side effect and I'm sure the
doctor has a number of suggestions.
Over-the-counter medications such as antacids can help, as can eating
bland food the day after taking the medication.
Peppermint tea, hot water with a small slice of lemon and ginger tea
help settle the stomach. He can also try
taking acidophilus every day (or eat one of the probiotic yogurts) - it helps protect your G.I. system. Depending on your son's specific stomach
issues, there's also prescription medications such as Losec or Pantoloc that
may be helpful. All of these suggestions
may help your son decrease the level of nausea to a point where he can live
with it, but if it becomes intolerable, he should certainly speak to his
doctor about alternatives.
hi when i was taking methotrexate i would feel nauseated almost all week but what seemed to work is folic acid. I would take 400mg the day that i took my methotrexate and every other day i would take 200mg. It did wonders for me. Hopefully your son feels better... I know that methotrexate was a very hard medication :( God Bless!
Hi...I also take methotrexate and at first I wasn't nauseated, but after a month it started. I eat very light for 2 days after taking it just chicken broth with some rice and a few saltines. It helps me I hope it will help your son. I am feeling better on this medication than I have on the others so I look at this way...if nauseated is the worse it is and I am functioning better it is worth it.
I hope this helps
Hi..forgot to tell you this...I also take 1 mg of folic acid daily..the dr said it would help with the nausea.