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Gold injections

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What are gold injections?

Gold (trade name Myocrisin) is a type of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). These drugs dampen down the underlying disease process, rather than simply treating your symptoms. Gold reduces the activity of your immune system, so it’s always used with care.

A gold injection isn’t made from pure gold but a compound that contains gold. The full name for this is sodium aurothiomalate. Read more >

Why are gold injections prescribed?

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, gold can reduce inflammation in your joints and decrease pain, swelling and stiffness. Sometimes gold is also used to treat other auto-immune conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis. Read more >

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

Most people start on weekly gold injections of 50 mg. It may be at least 12 weeks before you notice any benefit. Read more >

What are the possible side-effects of gold injections?

Possible side-effects of gold injections include a sore throat, fever, bruising or bleeding, rashes and kidney problems. Read more >

What are the risks of having gold injections?

If you're having gold injections, you can still have vaccinations and drink alcohol in moderation.

Gold injections aren't recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

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What else should I know about gold injections?

Before you start having gold injections, your healthcare professional will discuss other treatment options with you.You should have blood and urine tests, and check for a rash, before every injection.

You should discuss any new medications (including complementary medicines) with your doctor before starting them, and you should always tell any other doctor treating you that you’re having gold injections. Read more >
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