I missed a couple doses of Methotrexate and I don't have more RA pain.
Awhile ago the pain in my hands increased, while taking Methotrexate, eventually I was prescribed Erelzi, which is working, my dose of Methotrexate was kept the same.
I am basically asking if Rheumatologists generally keep patients on Methotrexate when the patient is started on a Biologic/Biosimilar medication??
Thanking the myRAteam members, in advance for their informative/supportive thoughts.
Biologics can take a while to start working, usually 3 months. Once the biologics start working & your RA is under control, your doctor will probably start tapering you off methotrexate.
I was on methotrexate for years then I started having fevers, which really left me on the side line and my rheumatologist changed it to Lefluetimide and I was on that for about 6 or 7 years then the current rheumatologist said that we should try Xeljanz without it and boy was I surprised to feel so much worse so rapidly. Needless to say I am back on it as that is what he told me to do if this were to happen.
I am on methotrexate and Enbrel. It takes time for blood levels to build up and these drugs to take effect. You may miss a dose or two and not notice any change in your condition because it takes a month or more after you stop taking them to feel any effects.
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