Pharmacists are often the first course of information when patients suffer oral problems. This article describes common oral conditions including dry mouth, their potential causes, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments that may assist with the management of these conditions.
Low-dose methotrexate has been used for decades in the management of autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis. While long used orally as a once weekly dose, pharmacists are increasingly seeing methotrexate used weekly as a subcutaneous injection, administered by the patient or their carer. Pharmacists should be able to counsel patients on the mode of action, as well as both the oral and subcutaneous use, of this medication.