Promising new clinical research indicates that the prescription drug methotrexate, which is already used to treat rheumatoid arthritis & certain types of cancer may also provide relief to those coping with osteoarthritis. This new six month study was conducted in the United Kingdom by the University of Leeds and Arthritis Research UK.
Those already coping with the pain of osteoarthritis know that current treatments are generally limited to nsaid therapy and physical therapy when possible. Surgery is generally limited to extreme cases where other less invasive options are no longer effective. The prospect of new and effective treatment with methotrexate could prevent or delay surgery for many.
Of course as with most all drug therapies there is the risk of serious side effects so talk to your doctor before starting or stopping any therapy. Also, if anyone has any experience with methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis please share your experience with our readers below. Thanks.
Methorexate, also known as MTX or amethopterin has been in use for more than fifty years and is closely chemically related to folic acid.