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What can it do?

Welcome to the beta Arthritis Virtual Assistant. 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.

Why do we need your help?

The Arthritis Virtual Assistant has been built to learn and improve with every use. That way, whenever you use it, you’re indirectly helping another person get the answers that they need for their arthritis.

What can you ask?

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?"

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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.

Arthritis Virtual Assistant

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.

This automated chat service is designed to provide general information about your condition and ways you can manage it. It’s been developed from over 80 years of our research work and also learns from the experiences of its users. It’s a ‘beta’ version which means it’s still learning from you, and others. It uses artificial intelligence to decide which are the best responses to give you and it will improve each time it’s used. The better the information we can provide then the more people we can help to manage their condition too.

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 tell us anything more personal than that.

By using the Arthritis Virtual Assistant you confirm that you understand and accept the terms of use and consent to how we will use the information you provide.

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How do I take febuxostat and how long does it take to work?

Your doctor may advise you not to start febuxostat until after an acute attack of gout has completely settled. If this isn't possible then febuxostat may be started while the gout is in a mild phase. 

Febuxostat is taken as tablets once daily with or without food. The tablet should be swallowed with water.

Your doctor will advise you about the correct dose. Usually you’ll start with 80 mg daily, but your doctor will take regular blood tests and may increase the dose to 120 mg daily if your blood urate level doesn’t come down far enough for the crystals to dissolve.

Once your urate level is low and steady, you should have a blood test every three months to check for side-effects and every six months to check your urate level.

How long does febuxostat take to work?

Febuxostat lowers urate levels within a few weeks. However, urate crystals take much longer to dissolve. Until all of the crystals have dissolved, you may still get acute flares of gout. Acute attacks will normally stop within a year of treatment as long as your blood urate level has lowered.

Febuxostat isn't a treatment for acute attacks of gout and is generally needed for life. It's important to keep taking it (unless you have severe side-effects):

  • even if it doesn't seem to be working at first
  • even if you have more attacks of gout when you first start febuxostat
  • even when you stop having attacks of gout – otherwise urate levels may start to build up again and your symptoms may come back.

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