Everyone is clamoring to try many treatment options to relieve pain caused by arthritis or to treat their disease.
When you're ground down in such a pain, you'll do anything to find a solution and you'll take any manner of arthritic drug or pain reliever you can get. But how many of you read the disclaimers when buying drugs?
We know that the listing seems like reading the bible of side effects. Shouldn't this be a reason to read it? It shows the product composition, indications for usage, contraindications, and precautions written quite clearly. The internet is also a great resource finding out all the evils of side effects of prescriptions.
Any drug has side effects. It's almost impossible to find a drug that doesn't have a side effect. As an example, a medicine called diclofenac is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis but the side effects associated with the use of this medicine is that it may cause gastrointestinal problems, a rash, swelling and many other possible reactions.
What are gastrointestinal problems? These are disorders which include a set of symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; accompanied with rare gastrointestinal ulceration, gastrointestinal bleeding and irritated reactions in the rectum.
Many drugs can often have adverse effects when they are taken along with certain foods or drinks.
Methotrexate is another example and is classified as a DMARD drug (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug). Doctors prescribe this to decrease the inflammation, swelling and pain associated with arthritis. It also has a huge list of potential side-effects since it was originally intended as low-dose chemotherapy.
Before taking Methotrexate, I higly recomend trying almost anything else first. It can be very damaging and cause many other issues.
Methotrexate operates by way of depressing the immune system (this is why it would be prescribed for autoimmune issues), and reacts with certain enzymes (dihydrofolate reductase) that the body needs to have a fully operating system. Because of this, it affects the production of folic acid. That is why, if taking Methotrexate, you will always be prescribed folic acid (daily), which is important in the production of new cells. It is vitally important to then have regular liver function tests, as liver damage is a grave possibility.
It is very important to discuss with your doctor, all the medication that you take, even natural ones, as some of them may increase the levels of toxicity associated with Methotrexate.
As an alternative, there are many supplements out there that should be considered before taking such drastic measures in using chemotherapy on your immune system. Consider using supplements with bromelain, turmeric, boswellia and there are many other 100% natural options available. Don’t have the energy and money to buy each ingredient individually, try buying an all-inclusive supplement like Heal-n-Soothe that has all the anti-inflammatory benefits packed into one product, and without all the nasty side effects.