Methotrexate Overdose

Methotrexate is a high potency prescription drug that interferes with an individual’s growth of cells. For this reason, it is commonly prescribed to treat certain types of cancer.

However, Methotrexate has non-cancer uses and can be prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. When it is prescribed for these medical conditions, it is often prescribed as a weekly dose instead of a daily dose.

Methotrexate Prescribing Errors

Due to its variety of uses, a prescribing doctor and/or a pharmacist may mistakenly prescribe Methotrexate as a daily dose instead of a weekly dose, especially in cases where the patient has rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis. This can be a deadly mistake that may result in an individual experiencing an overdose of Methotrexate.

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Methotrexate Overdose Signs

Signs of a Methotrexate overdose include:

  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Body aches;
  • Flu symptoms;
  • Easy bruising or bleeding;
  • Physical weakness;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Dizziness;
  • Exhaustion;
  • Headaches;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Mouth ulcers; and
  • Skin infections.

An incorrect prescription of taking Methotrexate daily as opposed to weekly can cause serious, life-threatening issues, including death.

What to do

It is important that you discuss any new prescription of Methotrexate, or any changes to your Methotrexate prescription, with your medical provider and your pharmacist. If you experience any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

Colorado Methotrexate Overdose Lawyers

If you were mistakenly prescribed Methotrexate on a daily dose, or your pharmacist filled your Methotrexate prescription incorrectly, you may have a legal claim. Contact the Methotrexate overdose lawyers at the Law Offices of Daniel T. Goodwin today for a free consultation.