methotrexate - injection (cont.)
USES: Methotrexate is used to treat certain types of cancer or to control severe psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis. It may also be used to control juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Methotrexate belongs to a class of drugs known as antimetabolites. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells and suppressing the immune system.Early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with more aggressive therapy such as methotrexate helps to reduce further joint damage and to preserve joint function.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This medication may also be used for lupus, psoriatic arthritis, and ectopic pregnancy.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using methotrexate and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.This medication is given by injection as directed by your doctor. The dosage, method of injection, and how often you receive this medication are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. For the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis, this medication is given by injection as directed by your doctor, usually once a week.For some conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis), you may be taught to give yourself injections at home. In this case, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. If you have any questions, ask your health care professional.Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.
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