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Methotrexate Injection Severe Itching Head & Neck After One Injection & 6 Weeks

I was diagnosed with RA in 2011. My rheumatologist put me on hydrodchloriquine 200 mg twice a day. Medicine has seemed to be working until recently with just a few flairs over the years and some thinning of hair and manageable joint pain with topical ointments. I have had most of my difficulty in my hands and feet. Six weeks ago went to rheumatologist for 3 month check and we decided hydrochloriquine may not be working the way it should. Doc has been reluctant to put me on methotrexate because I have previously had melanoma but I am 5 years clean now. So at the visit he decided to let me try methotrexate to see if it would help. He also put me on prednisone for 6 days. I got an injection of rasuvo 15 mg. The first 6 days all pain was gone in joints and I felt great. Lots of energy. Felt the best I have felt in a long time. After the six days I developed a lot of joint pain and itching in the head an neck area. Lots of itching. Which is a side effect of the rasuvo. Called doc and he said to use benedryl for itching will go away in a week. Six weeks later I am still itching. Now I am learning that the hydrochoriquine I am on has a side effect of itching but never bothered me before. Anyone else ever had 1 injection of this drug and still has itching going on? Everyone is saying maybe its not the medication but this just started when I took the rasuvo. Any advice is appreciated, this itching is so driving me nuts.

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I had itchy rash with hydroxychloroquine, used hydrocortisone cream as help line unhelpful, and it went after about 4 weeks, not on it now due to other side effects. I also had head sores on higher dose of mtx but went when lowered. Sorry not v helpful; it's hard to know which drug's causing what, as you say.

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Thanks Kai, really helpful as been offered either sulfa or lef at next appointment too. Tbh don't want to take anything anymore! Sorry, been on here having right old moan about everything tonight lol, cheers for reply 😀

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