I have been taking methotrexate for 7 years and stopped taking it 3 weeks ago. I am wondering how long it takes before my system is totally clear of all methotrexate and any effects it may have on the system.
I am not able to find a documented answer to this excellent question. For an official answer, I suggest you speak to your doctor or pharmacist. My guess is, because it takes time to build up in your system and because you can reap the benefits of the injections for 1-2 months after you stop treatment, Ithat it extends beyond that time frame. I have seen some documentation recommending you wait 6 months after quitting MTX before conceiving so I think that the answer may lie there. Again, a doctor or pharmacist would need to be consulted for an official answer.
When I was on methotraxate a few years ago, before a doctor decided I just had fibromyalgia (he was wrong) and he told me to stop the DMARDs, I think that I stopped the drugs around the end of may, and then by about the middle of august, just about all of my problems recurred. I think that we might be able to solve this though in the next couple of months. I also was on methotrexate again and I also stopped taking it around april 1. right now, I am feeling a little bit more achy, but not enough to think it is the result of stopping the MTX. But if your symptoms recur, or my symptoms recur to a point that I think it is from stopping MTX, were should post back in to say the symptoms have recurred. It's a really small sample, but posting back in could provide a bit of info for others who have wondered the same thing. I really hope that my symptoms don't recur to the point they were before starting back on MTX, but if they do, I'll know with certainty when it occurs.
I think that the MTX effects are gone for me now. I can't barely ben my elbows and my shoulders and wrists are following suit. I've been in bed all day, :( So, looks like the delay for me has been from april until july, so, 3-4 months.
I was recently taken off of mtx due to extreme elevated liver enzymes. 440 to be exact. My eyes were beginning to yellow, and now waiting for an appointment to see a g.I. specialist for my liver. I've been off of the mtx for only a week and a half. I'm on it along with Humira for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
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