Increase in Deaths Associated with Methotrexate
A new study finds that accidental overdoses of methotrexate are causing an increase in deaths. More on this and how to be safe in my new post for HealthCentral:
"A new study out of Australia shows a worrying increase in accidental overdoses of methotrexate, a drug commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Methotrexate is an immunosuppressant drug originally developed as chemotherapy for leukemia and other cancers. Smaller doses also proved to offer effective treatment for RA, and since the 1990s it has become the gold standard. It is administered weekly, either in tablets or injection form. Methotrexate often is prescribed with folic acid to combat side effects, such as potential hair loss. Individuals taking this medication also may be prescribed prednisone."
You can read the rest of the methotrexate post here.