What class of drug is methotrexate?
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In this regard, is Methotrexate a steroid?
(1) Methotrexate is an effective steroid-sparing agent.
Also, is Methotrexate a biologic? Methotrexate is often the first drug prescribed, but your doctor may give you a biologic drug if methotrexate doesn't work well enough. Biologics don't cure RA, but they can dramatically slow its progression. They also cause fewer side effects than older drugs. Sometimes biologics may be given alone.
Just so, is Methotrexate a chemo drug?
When used for inflammatory arthritis, methotrexate is not considered chemotherapy. It is considered a DMARD (Disease modifying anti-rheumatic Drug). And it IS a chemotherapy drug. But there is a huge difference between taking a low dose of a drug that is used in cancer as chemotherapy, and being on chemotherapy.
Is Methotrexate an immunosuppressive drug?
Low-dose MTX has been considered as an immunosuppressive treatment, and there is a belief amongst rheumatologists that RA patients taking MTX not only have an increased risk of infection but also increased severity when infected .