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Your doctor may prescribe Rheumate for nutritional support if you use the drug methotrexate. Methotrexate is a medication that treats various conditions, including conditions where the immune system is overactive. It works by blocking folic acid, which is required for cell replication.
Methotrexate is very effective, but blocking folic acid also negatively affects healthy cells. Therefore, it is critical to replenish folate (vitamin B9) when taking methotrexate.
Rheumate is a medical food and not a prescription drug. It requires the supervision of a trained medical professional for usage and cannot be purchased over-the-counter.
The starting dosage is one capsule by mouth once daily. It can be increased to two capsules by mouth up to twice daily.
Folate protects healthy cells from damage that would happen during methotrexate therapy. This form of folate can be used by people with methyltetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) deficiency who cannot take other forms of vitamin B9.
When taking folate supplements, it can mask the symptoms of anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is included in Rheumate to ensure adequate B12 for a healthy metabolism.
Turmeric is an antioxidant that scavenges reactive oxygen species (ROS) and protects the liver from damage by methotrexate.
Common drug interactions with Rheumate can include:
Do not take Rheumate if you have a hypersensitivity (allergy) to any of the ingredients.
Oral contraceptives pills can decrease the amount of vitamin B9 in the blood and increase the risk of treatment failure unless the dose of Rheumate is adjusted.
Adverse reactions are rare, but the most common include:4
Rheumate. Scottsdale, AZ: Primus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; 2016.