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How can I prevent an infection while taking methotrexate to treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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You’re more likely to get an infection while you take methotrexate. So take these steps to stay well: 1. Try to avoid people with infections like colds or flu.

2. Wash your hands regularly.

3. Tell your doctor if you have fever, chills, or a cough.

4. Don’t take live vaccines like the nasal flu mist, measles, mumps, or shingles shots while you take methotrexate.

SOURCES:

MedLine Plus: "Methotrexate."

American College of Rheumatology: "Methotrexate."

Singh, J. , May 2012. Arthritis Care and Research

Mayoclinic.org: "Methotrexate (Oral Route).

Mayoclinic.org: "Methotrexate (Injection Route, Subcutaneous Route).

Kaltsonoudis, E. , 2012. International Journal of Clinical Rheumatology

Hopkinsarthritis.org: "Otrexup (Methotrexate) Injection Approved by the FDA."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Methotrexate."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 01, 2016

SOURCES:

MedLine Plus: "Methotrexate."

American College of Rheumatology: "Methotrexate."

Singh, J. , May 2012. Arthritis Care and Research

Mayoclinic.org: "Methotrexate (Oral Route).

Mayoclinic.org: "Methotrexate (Injection Route, Subcutaneous Route).

Kaltsonoudis, E. , 2012. International Journal of Clinical Rheumatology

Hopkinsarthritis.org: "Otrexup (Methotrexate) Injection Approved by the FDA."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Methotrexate."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 01, 2016

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