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I have tried
numerous rounds of Antibiotics and am going through two 1 lb. tubs of
Triamcinolone cream a month. Also,
the Derm has been sending me to the tanning bed 2x week.
Still getting worse though.
suggesting some meds but says there is a risk to my liver?
This has me pretty concerned.
Thanks, and I
know others have it worse but this really really stinks.
Have felt pretty alone on this but came across your site. –Tony
Response: It does really
really stink, Tony. We’re
glad you found this place, where we all agree with you!
is a topical corticosteroid which, at the rate of 2 pounds per month(!),
comes with its own set of risks and this may be one reason your doc is
recommending a systemic (especially if the Triam isn’t working well).
His mention of potential liver damage would suggest he is thinking
about methotrexate (MTX), which is much discussed here.
(For my most current expressed opinion on this drug, read Social
Security Disability Denied from Christine W., and my response, in this
month’s mail, and in the Articles section of this site you may read the
journal I kept for my first 80 days on MTX).
There are risks
in taking MTX, but there are cautions that minimize them — especially
routine blood tests. If it does cause liver damage, it is detectable quite
early and is reversible by stopping the treatment.
MTX has such a positive record of effectiveness in extensive cases
like yours that it would be hard for me, in your shoes, to deny myself the
attempt to use it.
Let us know what you decide, Tony ... and write back if I was wrong, if your doc is thinking about prescribing something other than methotrexate. In the meantime, best of luck to you. -Ed