I’ve been reading up some on this drug and I may still try it orally for the Folica method.
The serious risk is there, but it seems to be pretty tied to the Rhematoid Arthritis conditions that the drug is typically being used to treat. And something like 200,000 people have used this stuff. It can’t be killing everybody who tries it.
The normal usage has been to stay on it for months & years on end, whereas I’m talking a week and a half for a Folica try. I’m pretty healthy in the big picture, I’m not asian, I don’t smoke, and I don’t have RA in the first place.
I’m not sure what to think about the loading dose though. The recommended dosage has been 100mg/day for three days and then get into the regular 10/20mg per day after that. But now the more recent info has frowned upon the loading dose as part of the serious risk factors. (No big surprise here - if something is gonna hurt you, then dumping it into your body in large quantities at the start probably increases the risk right then.)
But for a Folica try, there’s no way to skip the loading dose and still get anything out of this. This stuff has been estimated to take as much as two months to get effective on just the regular small daily dose alone. If I’m gonna do this, it’s gonna have to include taking a couple hundred milligrams in only a few days time to get it started.
I dunno. If I do this, maybe I’ll take a 200-mg loading dose over the course of 3 days rather than the original 300mg recommendation, and then little or nothing after that for the rest of the week and a half. Then some activated charcoal to rapidly kick the Arava back out of my body after the Folica period is up.
Am I crazy to consider this?
Is it reasonable, it’s just an arthritis drug, and I’m just the only one with balls around here?
I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff in my life, including some perscription and nonperscription drugs, and this one just doesn’t seem that scary in the big picture.