You'll get the best response if your question relates to a single type of arthritis, and is expressed as clearly and simply as possible. For example, "What are the best exercises for osteoarthritis?" or "What are the side effects of methotrexate?".
Like all drugs, NSAIDs can sometimes have side-effects, but your doctor will take precautions to reduce the risk of these – for example, by prescribing the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible period of time.
If you have severe pain and other medications aren’t giving enough relief, your doctor may recommend stronger painkillers (or opioids) such as tramadol, nefopam or meptazinol.
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That way, whenever you use it, you’re indirectly helping another person get the answers that they need for their arthritis. The Arthritis Virtual Assistant has been built to learn and improve with every use.
Stronger painkillers are more likely to have side-effects – especially nausea, dizziness and confusion – so you’ll need to see your doctor regularly and report any problems you have.
Our new Arthritis Virtual Assistant uses artificial inligence to answer your arthritis related questions 24/7.
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If joint inflammation is causing pain and stiffness, you may find a short course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), for example naproxen, useful.
Some opioids (for example fentanyl) can be given as a plaster patch which you place on your skin – these can ease pain for a number of days.
This automated chat service is designed to provide general information about your condition and ways you can manage it. It’s a ‘beta’ version which means it’s still learning from you, and others. The better the information we can provide then the more people we can help to manage their condition too. It’s been developed from over 80 years of our research work and also learns from the experiences of its users. It uses artificial inligence to decide which are the best responses to give you and it will improve each time it’s used.
The Arthritis Virtual Assistant is being developed into a brand new type of tool which will help you to get the answers you need for your type of arthritis.
Your conversation will not be visible the next time you visit the Arthritis Virtual Assistant. If you want to keep a copy of the advice you've been given, you can print it using the button at the top of the chat window.
Call us for free information, help and advice on your type of arthritis.
The advice in this service isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice so we’d always recommend speaking to your doctor about your treatment. When you use the Arthritis Virtual Assistant, you’ll be asked for your first name and the type of arthritis you have, there’s no need to l us anything more personal than that.
Many different types of drugs can be used to help ease pain. In this section, we look at different types of painkillers, what you should expect from them and what the possible side-effects are.
In this section we explain how NSAIDs work, what you should expect when you have them and what the possible side-effects are. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to treat many different types of arthritis.
NSAIDS can also reduce kidney function so you shouldn’t take them if you have known reduced kidney function or are on a water tablet (diuretic). Although the increased risk is small, your doctor will be cautious about prescribing them if there are other factors that may increase your overall risk – for example, smoking, circulation problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. NSAIDs also carry an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
At the moment it can give you general information about your condition and medication, and provide you with useful exercises to help manage your arthritis. Welcome to the beta Arthritis Virtual Assistant.
You can order a special request card which you can hand to your pharmacist with your prescription. If you have trouble opening child-proof containers, your pharmacist will put your tablets in a more suitable container for you.
Different types of arthritis are treated with different drugs. Use our A–Z list to find out about the different drugs that are used to treat arthritis and manage symptoms.
NSAIDs can cause digestive problems (stomach upsets, indigestion, or damage to the stomach lining) so in most cases they’ll be prescribed along with a drug called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), which will help to protect your stomach.Does tramadol treat inflammation