Reader’s Corner:Methotrexate

Our previous E-news broadcast mentioned the dangers of using methotrexate, an anticancer agent, for treating rheumatoid arthritis. One of the problems was the peculiar dosage: up to 30 mg once a week. Some elderly patients were taking the dosage once a day.


One reader, a retired pharmacist, adds to the confusion by pointing out that methotrexate is available only as a 2.5 mg and 10 mg tablet. And it gets curiouser and curiouser. The dosage recommended in the British Formulary is from 7.5 mg to 20 mg a week for arthritis treatment.


Is this one more example of a miscommunication between drug manufacturers and doctors, with the patient, yet again, at the sharp end? We feel we should be told.

What Doctors Don't Tell You Written by What Doctors Don't Tell You

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