Table 2

‚ÄÉCombinations in changes when switching first from intramuscular to oral methotrexate and then from oral to intramuscular in 47 patients with rheumatoid arthritis

IM to oral MTXOral to IM MTXMorning painHand morning stiffnessDuration of morning joint stiffnessJoint painJoint swellingConsumption of analgesicsDuration of analgesic consumptionEye drynessMouth drynessNausea after MTXTransaminase levels
Values are n (%).
IM, intramuscular; MTX, methotrexate.
No changeDecrease1 (2)1 (2)01 (2)2 (4)1 (2)1 (2)1 (2)1 (3)00
No changeNo change19 (40)16 (34)14 (30)9 (19)14 (30)11 (23)11 (23)22 (47)19 (40)13 (28)23 (50)
No changeIncrease0001 (2)0000000
IncreaseDecrease20 (43)23 (49)28 (60)33 (70)19 (40)30 (63)31 (65)8 (17)8 (17)19 (40)10 (20)
IncreaseNo change2 (4)6 (13)2 (4)3 (7)9 (20)4 (8)3 (6)01 (2)2 (4)0
IncreaseIncrease001 (2)00000001 (2)
DecreaseDecrease00000000001 (2)
DecreaseNo change00000000000
DecreaseIncrease00000000000
Not answeredNot answered5 (11)1 (2)2 (4)03 (6)2 (4)2 (4)16 (34)18 (38)13 (28)12 (26)