Methotrexate; Pralatrexate/NSAIDs Interactions
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Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
When these two medicines are taken together, your body may not process methotrexate or pralatrexate properly.
What might happen:
Your blood levels of methotrexate or pralatrexate may increase and cause easy bruising or bleeding, persistent sore throat or fever, or fatigue. These effects are more likely if you are taking a high dose of methotrexate, such as those used in the treatment of cancer or psoriasis.
What you should do about this interaction:
Contact your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) as soon as possible about taking these two medicines together. They may already be aware of this drug interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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