What is Methoblastin?
Methoblastin is one of the most commonly used drugs to treat RA. However, it can decrease the levels of an important vitamin in your body called folate.
What is Methoblastin used for?
Methoblastin is used to treat certain types of cancer of the breast, skin, head and neck, or lung. It is also used to treat severe psoriasis and and certain forms of rheumatoid arthritis.
What is folate?
Folate is a B vitamin that has a role in many important functions in your body. It helps your body make new red blood cells (RBCs) and other healthy cells. It’s also necessary for DNA growth and repair.
Why would doctor prescribe Methoblastin and folic acid together?
Methoblastin interferes with the way your body breaks down folate. While you take methotrexate, you can develop levels of folate that are lower than normal. This is because methotrexate causes your body to get rid of more folate as waste than usual. This effect causes folate deficiency.
Does folic acid affect how Methoblastin treat RA?
Taking folic acid with methotrexate doesn’t decrease methotrexate's effectiveness in treating your RA. Hence, taking folic acid to make up for the folate might lose from consuming Methoblastin that helps in lowering the side effects of folate deficiency without affecting treatment of RA.