Hi all, I'm UCTD, and for about five years, I've been a full dose (2 x daily) of hydroxychloroquine. I've been having a flair more or less since lock-down started. Normally when this happens, I get a Depo-Medrone injection (methylprednisolonen), which settles me down anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
The flair is getting worse, so I've finally gone ahead and booked an appt. with the rheumy. Last time I had a flair, he suggested that in the future he might want to switch me too methotrexate. (He said that for some people the hydroxychloroquine loses its effectiveness after awhile.) I'm reluctant to switch to methotrexate because of some of the side effects, and that you can't drink any alcohol on it. (I am partial to sharing a bottle, or even a little more, with OH.)
The COVID-19 situation is another concern. I've read that people on methotrexate are at higher risk of complications with COVID, and have heard the same about steroids (both injections and oral).
My question is, does anyone have experience of methotrexate? And steroids? Which has the worst side-effects? And how does COVID factor into it?
(Although I've not been shielding, my OH is doing most all of the shopping, etc.)