This is my 2nd post. Briefly - Diagnosed with GCA 4yrs ago, 4 relapses (1 -7mg pred,). Moved to Brasil one year ago. Saw a new Dr last week, with working knowledge of GCA ( ie: has had patients). Last relapse was 5 months ago, returned to 20mg/d, and decreased by 2.5mg/d/month. Am now on 12.5mg. He has advised me to take 10mg/d pred, and a weekly dose of 20mg meth., taken once a week, half am and other half at night. Has advised not to drink alcohol 2 days prior and after taking dose. My understanding is that the meth. acts by making the pred. more effective, and thus enabling a quicker reduction in pred? He also advised Folic Acid.
I have read posts with side affects of mouth ulcers ( which the Folic Acid is supposed to prevent), and hair loss.
Has anyone experience of taking Meth., and it's efficacy.
I am male, 69 yrs young.
Regards to all