Methotrexate Essay

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Methotrexate, Chemo Therapy Medication Annmarie Wallace Monroe College Professor, Morris 9/28/2012 In this research paper, I will be talking about a medicine named Methotrexate. Methotrexate has been used in the United States since 1953; it has been approved by the FDA to treat certain types of cancers. Since then, Medical researchers have discovered other important uses for this drug. Some of the important uses are Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and termination of pregnancy. This medicine works by making the immune system less active and suppressing the blood cells that cause inflammation. About Methotrexate- A person who has rheumatoid arthritis or Psoriasis often would be prescribed Methotrexate because this medicine will decrease the inflammation in your joints that causes the stiffness and pain. In addition, for Psoriasis it will reduce the thickening of the skin and the pain in the digestive track. When first starting the medication, it will not work quickly it usually takes several weeks before you see some improvement on your condition. Doctors often use this medication on females for terminating a pregnancy, however; it was not FDA approved for that specific purpose but the medication is very popular for giving an abortion. Methotrexate is given to the pregnant female by injection. The woman’s HCG levels will begin to drop over time if the HCG levels do not begin to drop then the doctor will give the woman another dose of Methotrexate. The whole procedure will take about one month. Administering the medication-, the dosage of Methotrexate depends on different factors such as the medical condition being treated, your age and weight, and how the person can tolerate this medication. An oral dose of 7.5 mg should be taken once per week for an adult who is treating rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis, and it should be taken 2 hours before dinner or

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