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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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What are the possible risks and side-effects of infliximab?

The most common side-effects include a blocked or runny nose, headaches, dizziness, flushing, a rash, stomach pain or indigestion.

Because infliximab affects the immune system it can make you more likely to pick up infections. Rarely, your body may fail to produce enough of the blood cells that help to fight infections or to stop bleeding.

Tell your doctor or rheumatology nurse straight away if you develop any signs of infection such as a sore throat or fever, or have unexplained bruising, bleeding or paleness, or any other new symptoms that concern you. If any of these symptoms are severe, your infliximab may need to be stopped.

You should also see your doctor if you develop chickenpox or shingles or come into contact with someone who has chickenpox or shingles. These infections can be severe if you’re on infliximab. You may need antiviral treatment, and your infliximab may be stopped until you're better.

Anti-TNF drugs have been associated with some types of skin cancer – these can be readily treated when diagnosed early. Research so far hasn't shown an increased risk of other cancers.

Very rarely, people taking infliximab may develop a condition called drug-induced lupus, which can be diagnosed by a blood test. Symptoms include a rash, fever and  increased joint pain. If you develop these symptoms you should contact your rheumatology team. This condition is generally mild and usually clears up if infliximab is stopped.

If you have an interruption in your infliximab treatment of more than 16 weeks, there's an increased risk of an allergic reaction when you start the treatment again. Your doctor or infusion nurse will monitor you more closely when you restart the treatment.

Reducing the risk of infection

  • Try to avoid close contact with people with severe active infections.
  • For advice on avoiding infection from food, visit the NHS Choices Food Poisoning website.

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