Hi, I'm new here and I suffer from Sjögrens syndrome and lupus, and I've been taking 200 mg Hydroxychloroquine since a couple of years back. Moreover, I've been taking 150 mg Azathioprine the latest months, which lowered my white blood cells extremely. The Numbers were so low that the doctors had to stop the treatment. Azathioprine caused me 3 tonsillitis during the three latests months. Despite interrupting it, I Was admitted to the hospital last week for pleurisy, and I am still here, and I'm currently taking cortisone. I Also had pericarditis last October and in March this year, and in general I have flares constantly. Now, the doctors are suggesting the immunosuppressive medicine Methotrexate. The doctors have told Me that this is better and do not affect the white blood cells that much. However, based on my previous experience I am afraid that it will end up like it did with Azathioprine.
So dear people what are your experience of Methotrexate and how did it work? Moreover, for those that tried Azathioprine before-how did it work in comparison to Methotrexate ? And are there any other options that are less detrimental?
I'm thankful for your answers.