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I will be starting on methotrexate tablets tomorrow. Are they as bad as I have heard? I am a little nervous.

I will be starting on methotrexate tablets tomorrow. Are they as bad as I have heard? I am a little nervous.

I was on Otrexup for five weeks but my insurance company says that I have to try the alternatives (tablets or vials) before they will approve the Otrexup. I was diagnosed on May 12, so I am fairly new to the process. I have heard that the tablets are hard on the stomach and the rest of the body

A myRAteam Member said:

P.s. I wouldn't believe the horror stories, it's a useful drug for us.

posted almost 2 years ago

Where do you get your methotrexate injection prescription filled?

Where do you get your methotrexate injection prescription filled?

My doctor prescribed me otrexup and sent in my prescription to the local CVS. CVS sent it to speciality care... a week later CVS said my insurance won't cover it through them and sent it to my insurance directly... (Optum RX). I am still waiting to hear from them. I heard some people just get this from the pharmacy... any experiences?

A myRAteam Member said:

You can get some biologics from a regular pharmacy if your insurance lets you but THEY have to special order it. I was on Enbrel with a different… read more

posted over 3 years ago

Rasuvo/ otrexup auto inject

Rasuvo/ otrexup auto inject

I was taking methotrexate pills for 2 months which made me sick for days at a time. Dr. switched me to Rasuvo. BCBSOK denied it without trying an injectable first. The thought of injecting myself with a needle causes me anxiety. I picked it up, got it home and could not do it. As of today I've gone 2.5 weeks without it, and the pain is ridiculous. Anybody else had this issue with BCBS and were you ever able to get it approved, and how?

A myRAteam Member said:

Flares can happen. But they can disappear as fast as they arrived, for no reason, as well. Stay hopeful, that helps as anxiety is known to cause flairs,… read more

posted 11 days ago

Methotrexate

Methotrexate

does anyone know if the mtx injection works better than the pills

A myRAteam Member said:

Switch to injection seven weeks ago. Much less side effects. ! Foggy but no nausea and less fatigue

posted about 3 years ago

Pain meds

Pain meds

I'm new here and will work on my intro and such as I have time. Do any of you take hydrocodone for pain? I see my rheumatologist again tomorrow and I'm sure he'll begin me on some type of injections since my current meds aren't keeping me from flare ups. I've been on these for over 2 yrs now.

A myRAteam Member said:

Yes I take hydrocodone when the pain is really bad. Sometimes I take a half of a pill and it is just enough to take the edge off. The past few days have… read more

posted over 2 years ago

How many of you are losing your biologic coverage in 2017? What are you doing about it?

How many of you are losing your biologic coverage in 2017? What are you doing about it?

Hi RA Team: I've been on Medicare and had a supplement - BC/BS for the past few years. I've been thru the regiment of the biologics - Humira, Enbrel, Rituxan, Remicade, Orencia, Xeljanz ..... now I'm on Simponi which is "covered" at a reduced rate at a Tier 5 level. However, come Jan. of 2017, it will no longer be a covered RX :( I've been on just about every other biologic available. Any suggestions on a Medicare supplement… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

I'm 56, on Medicare because of disability and get Orencia infusion once a month. I also pay for a.supplemental insurance (United Healthcare plan F )… read more

posted almost 3 years ago

Chemo vs Methotrexate?

Chemo vs Methotrexate?

I was just reading an article on http://www.rheumatoidarthritis.net about how people with RA will say "I have to take my 'chemo' today" rather than calling it 'methotrexate'. I have no problem with anyone calling MTX Chemo because it is infact a Chemo drug. When I was on MTX for Wegner's Granulomatosis years ago I called it chemo because the pills made me vomit and lose my hair but I only said it to my family and a close friend. I don't think that I would feel comfortable using it… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

Well @A myRAteam Member I get where your coming from, it's very overwhelming. But as long as you know lots of people, me being one, are here when ever… read more

posted over 3 years ago
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