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What else should I know about gold injections?

Are there any alternatives?

A number of other drugs are used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and related conditions. Your doctor or rheumatology nurse will discuss these other options with you.

Will I need any special checks while on gold injections?

Some of the side-effects of gold injections can be picked up at a very early stage by having regular blood and urine tests and checking for any sign of a rash. It's very important to have these checks before every injection.

You may be asked to keep a record booklet with your blood and urine test results, and you should bring this with you when you visit your GP or the hospital. Always make sure that this record booklet is up to date before having your next gold injection.

You must not have gold injections unless you're having regular checks.

Can I take other medicines alongside gold injections?

You should discuss any new medications with your doctor before starting them, and you should always tell any other doctor treating you that you’re having gold injections.

If you're on an ACE inhibitor or start one after you begin taking regular gold injections, you should discuss this with your doctor because of the increased risk of side-effects.

You should also be aware of the following points:

  • Gold isn't a painkiller. If you're already on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or a painkiller you can carry on taking these as well as the gold injections unless your doctor advises otherwise. However, if gold injections work for you, you may be able to reduce your NSAIDs or painkillers after a time. 
  • Don't take over-the-counter preparations or herbal remedies without discussing this first with your doctor, rheumatology nurse or pharmacist.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like any further information about gold injections, or if you have any concerns about your treatment, you should discuss these with your doctor, rheumatology nurse or pharmacist.

Please note, this text was last revised in November 2013.

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