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Review: could Methotrexate cause Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy?

We study 129,821 people who have side effects while taking Methotrexate from FDA and social media. Among them, 246 have Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. Find out below who they are, when they have Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy and more.

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Methotrexate

Methotrexate (latest outcomes from 131,137 users) has active ingredients of methotrexate sodium. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis.

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (rapidly progressive neuromuscular disease caused by opportunistic infection of brain cells) (latest reports from 23,885 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, non-hodgkin's lymphoma.

On Sep, 17, 2014: 129,775 people reported to have side effects when taking Methotrexate. Among them, 246 people (0.19%) have Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy.

Trend of Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy in Methotrexate reports

Time on Methotrexate when people have Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy3.03%36.36%21.21%0.00%6.06%27.27%6.06%

Gender of people who have Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy when taking Methotrexate * :

FemaleMale
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy64.86%35.14%

Age of people who have Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy when taking Methotrexate * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy0.00%0.41%7.85%4.13%3.31%16.94%24.38%42.98%

Severity of Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy when taking Methotrexate ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (123 people, 50.00%)
  2. Tonsil cancer (21 people, 8.54%)
  3. Systemic lupus erythematosus (14 people, 5.69%)
  4. Polymyositis (12 people, 4.88%)
  5. Dermatomyositis (11 people, 4.47%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prednisone (58 people, 23.58%)
  2. Folic acid (56 people, 22.76%)
  3. Mabthera (51 people, 20.73%)
  4. Rituximab (48 people, 19.51%)
  5. Rituxan (45 people, 18.29%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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    Immobility, fatigue and constant pain have left me very depressed ad harbouring thoughts of suicide. My 15 year old granddaughter has lived with me since the death of my daughter 11 years ago and it is my hope that I will live long enough to see her settled in college and independent after which the only thing I have to look forward to is to end my own suffering.

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    Kath Nugent on Aug, 26, 2014:

    I was diagnosed with Lymphatic Sarcoidosis 15 years ago. After massive weight loss, a node in my neck the size of a small egg, and at the same time an
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    i was so tired, and after so many steroids i was having a bad reaction to them in various organs and was taken of them. i did recover from this as the Sarcoid went dormant. i have recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor and raised platelets. given that Sarcoidosis is next door to Cancer and that i feel absolutely wasted and week!!! i am feeling anxious about the outcome of more tests. But we all have to go sometime and i know there are people out there worse than me !!! i send you all love & light and hope we can all have the strength to help each other through whatever is thrown at us!! not easy by any means. Happy to answer any questions if it will help anyone Take care Kath Nugent

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