A 2018 Approach to Combating Methotrexate Toxicity Folic Acid and Beyond.

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Summary of "A 2018 Approach to Combating Methotrexate Toxicity Folic Acid and Beyond."

Methotrexate (MTX) is the cornerstone to management across a variety of rheumatic diseases. Effective use and adherence to MTX treatment is dependent on toxicity prevention and management. The major deterrents to patient tolerability and adherence can include GI upset, hepatic transaminase elevation, stomatitis, hair loss, and CNS toxicity. Many rheumatologists are familiar with employing supplementation of folic acid and folinic acid, as well as a change from oral to subcutaneous (SC) MTX, to help combat MTX toxicity. There are, however, more potential strategies in a rheumatologist's armamentarium to ameliorate side effects and improve adherence, including vitamin A supplementation and dextromethorphan. Herein, we will provide a review of the literature (both rheumatologic and oncologic) and expert opinion in terms of managing methotrexate toxicity and improving adherence in rheumatic diseases.


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Name: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Disease (2013)
ISSN: 2328-5273
Pages: 151-155


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The active metabolite of FOLIC ACID. Leucovorin is used principally as its calcium salt as an antidote to folic acid antagonists which block the conversion of folic acid to folinic acid.

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