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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Methotrexate Recall

Methotrexate is a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug, also referred to as a DMARD, and is one of the medications given to those suffering from RA and juvenile arthritis, to slow down the progression of the disease. It is also given to those with severe psoriasis, or a specific type of cancer.

I have been taking it for years in the form of tablets, without many problems. Every now and then I may feel slightly nauseous, but it can be neglected and doesn't last long. I can imagine lots of people who take this medication have a more severe reaction to it and the injectable Methotrexate is a great solution for them.

Unfortunately, I read that vials of injectable Methotrexate have been recalled, because small flakes of glass have been found in some of the medication, which poses a risk to the users.

After this discovery, one of several suppliers of generic methotrexate is recalling all of the 50mg/2mL and 250mg/10mL vials of injectable methotrexate. It concerns the Sandoz and Parenta brands with expiration dates ranging from December 2010 to March 2012.

If you are one of the users of Methotrexate manufactured by this particular company and would like to find out whether your medication falls under the recall, then check out the list of the affected lot numbers on the Sandoz U.S. website at www.us.sandoz.com.

Physicians, retailers, pharmacists, and even you as a patient, should have been informed of this recall and should stop using it right away if your medication is part of the affected lots.

Should it be too difficult to get injectable Methotrexate due to the recall, then you still have the option to resort to the Methotrexate tablets, for the time being. Ask your doctor though, he knows best what to do!

Taking the tablets may cause you some inconvenience, but it would only be temporary. To have a relapse, or a flare-up by not taking them, would totally defeat the purpose.

Neither one of us is perfect and we should expect to make mistakes. It may cause inconvenience and hurt to both others and ourselves, but that does not give us an excuse to quit; Jesus took our sins when He died on the cross, so we could have eternal life!

Revelation 1:5
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,


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November 16, 2010 10:03 AM  

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