Otrexup is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain adults with severe, active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Otrexup may be prescribed in cases where non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are not effective. Otrexup is also referred to by its drug name, Methotrexate.
Otrexup is an immunomodulator, or in other words, a drug that modulates the immune system. Otrexup is also referred to as a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) or a slow-acting antirheumatic drug (SAARD). It is an antimetabolite that blocks the synthesis of purine, a protein the body needs in order to produce lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell active in the immune system. Otrexup is believed to work by interfering with lymphocytes and preventing them from attacking the joints.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Otrexup is administered once a week by subcutaneous injection.
Otrexup comes in the form of a single-dose auto-injector.
The FDA-approved label for Otrexup lists common side effects including dizziness, headache, hair loss, mouth sores, rash, blood cell changes, nausea, stomach upset, abdominal pain, and increased sensitivity to sunlight.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Otrexup include toxic effects on organ systems, fetal harm, and impairment of the reproductive system.
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Otrexup – Antares Pharma