What are the risks of having gold injections?
If you're on an ACE inhibitor (for example ramipril, captopril or lisinopril), which are used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease, you may be at a slightly increased risk of having an allergic reaction to gold injections. You should therefore tell your doctor or nurse if you're taking any of these drugs.
Will they affect vaccinations?
You can have all types of vaccinations, including live vaccines, while you're being treated with gold injections but it's recommended that you discuss this with your doctor first.
Can I drink alcohol while on gold injections?
There's no particular reason to avoid alcohol while on gold injections, so it's fine to drink alcohol in moderation.
Do gold injections affect fertility or pregnancy?
Gold injections aren't advisable during pregnancy. If you're planning a family or if you become pregnant while on gold injections you should discuss this with your doctor as soon as possible.
Do they affect breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding isn't normally recommended if you're on gold injections. Small amounts of the drug may pass into your breast milk and could be harmful to your baby.
Please note, this text was last revised in November 2013.