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LUPUS ERYTHROMATOSUS A TO Z
SOURCE: National Institutes of Health, U.S.Department of Health and Human Services: Link to NIH
Methotrexate is a drug used to treat
cancer as well as several different
rheumatic diseases. It is usually
used for lupus when nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs such as
ibuprofen (Motrin®) or naproxen
(Naprosyn®) or antimalarials such as
hydroxychloroquine sulfate (Plaquenil)
don’t control the symptoms. Sometimes
doctors prescribe it to control lupus
during flares or times of increased
disease activity. It works by suppressing
the immune system, which is overactive
InstructionsThe brand name of your Methotrexate is
The strength or dose of the Methotrexate ordered for you is ___________.
Take the Methotrexate ________________ time(s) per day.
The best time(s) to take your Methotrexate ________________________
Take methotrexate pills with milk or food. Methotrexate injections should be given just beneath the skin on the thigh or abdomen unless your doctor advises otherwise.
Source: National Institutes of Health, U.S.Dept of Health and Human Services