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What is Methotrexate Used For?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Methotrexate is an immunosuppressant, which means it helps calm the body’s immune system, reducing inflammation and swelling.

It’s used to treat a variety of conditions, including: 

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Methotrexate is particularly effective in managing Rheumatoid Arthritis. It works by modulating the immune system, reducing inflammation, and providing relief from pain and joint swelling.
  • Psoriasis: This medication is also used to treat psoriasis, a skin condition that causes redness, itching, and flaking.
  • Cancer Treatment: Methotrexate plays a significant role in chemotherapy, aiding in the treatment of certain types of cancer.
  • Autoimmune Disorders: Autoimmune disorders like Crohn’s are conditions where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissues. 

Common Side Effects - more than 1 in 100 people

Like with taking any medication, people using methotrexate can experience unwanted side effects. While these are typically mild and tend to go away by themselves, it’s important that you consult your GP or pharmacist if they continue to bother you. 

These include: 

For more information on the side effects of methotrexate, please visit the
official NHS website.

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