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Weren’t His Cure
I had sent you
a mail more than a year back — Antioxidants
Are His Cure. I told you
then that I felt I was getting cured from my psoriasis after taking
Antoxyl Forte (Antioxidants) for more than a month.
I was hoping to send you another mail after about 3-4 months and
tell you that I was completely cured.
I have now taken Antoxyl Forte for more than a year and I feel
embarrassed to tell you that I am not yet completely cured.
Antoxyl Forte for more than a month, I thought I was getting cured.
My itching stopped and I had no flakes.
Only the patches remained. They
were not so angry looking and red like before.
I thought it was only a question of time before the patches also
disappeared. I thought the
patches would go away in 3-4 months time! It was wishful thinking.
It is now more than a year since I started taking Antoxyl Forte and
the patches still remain. The
only consoling fact is that I do not have itching and I do not shed any
flakes. I continue to take
Antoxyl Forte because of the same two reasons; it has stopped the flakes
and also stopped the itching.
Forte is not the wonder drug that I thought it would be for psoriasis.
About a week back I met my Dermatologist.
showed him the patches and asked him if I am going into a
remission, if I am going to soon get completely cured.
The patches were not angry looking and red.
The Dermatologist said it is too early to say.
I then casually asked my Dermatologist what he thought about
Methotrexate. He said it is a
very good drug and that it has cured many people of their psoriasis.
He said that I can take the drug only if my liver function tests
are normal. He did not suggest
Methotrexate to me earlier because I had only mild psoriasis.
I want to get
completely cured from psoriasis and I am seriously thinking of taking
Methotrexate if my liver function tests are normal. Since I have only mild
psoriasis Methotrexate may work for me.
Response: Don’t be too
despondent about the failure of Antoxyl Forte to be the “complete
cure” you’d hoped for. There
is no complete cure. Not yet.
Not even methotrexate (more on that in a moment).
It sounds like Antoxyl Forte may be doing you considerable good by
stopping the itch and eliminating the flakes.
Believe me, many of us would gladly put up with some salmon-colored
patches if those two symptoms — flaking and itching — would go away
and stay away.
As you have a
mild case, and your lesions are being controlled, I am more than surprised
— concerned, really — that your dermatologist would suggest you are a
candidate for methotrexate. Liver
test results notwithstanding, this is not a medicine to be taken if the
problem is merely a cosmetic one. I
encourage you to read Fear Aside,
She’s Trying Methotrexate in this month’s mail.
Besides, according to the manufacturer, the appropriate MTX dose is
one at which you still sport some lesions — so not only is it not a
cure, it might not maintain the improvement you are currently
Sebastian, there may be other things about your case that do make MTX a
compelling alternative. I just
don’t want you thinking it is the cure you had wanted Antoxyl Forte to
be. Most people I know who
have taken methotrexate have done so because, in some way, their psoriasis
was severe enough to be debilitating — meaning it got in the way of
their being able live gainfully and without pain.
In any case, best of luck to you! And you don’t have to wait a year to email us again! -Ed