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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 methotrexate and how long does it take to work?

Methotrexate is usually taken in tablet form once a week on the same day. The tablets should be swallowed whole and not crushed or chewed.

Methotrexate tablets come in two strengths, 2.5 mg and 10 mg. To avoid confusion it’s recommended that only the 2.5 mg tablet is used. The two strengths are different sizes but are a very similar colour, so you should always check the dose is correct.

In the early stages of a condition it’s often treated more aggressively and so the starting dose can range from 7.5–15 mg per week. Your doctor may then increase this dose if it isn’t helping your symptoms, but it won’t usually go higher than 25 mg weekly.

Alternatively, methotrexate may be given once a week by injection, usually subcutaneous, if there are side-effects with tablets. A subcutaneous injection is given into a layer of fat between the skin and muscle, rather than intravenously which means directly into a vein.

How long does it take to work?

Methotrexate is a long-term treatment, so it may be 3–12 weeks before you start to notice the benefits. Unless you have severe side-effects (in which case please see a health professional) it’s important to keep taking methotrexate:

  • even if it doesn’t seem to be working at first
  • even when your symptoms improve (as it will help to keep the disease under control).

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Our new helpline: Call us for free information, help and advice on your type of arthritis. Open Mon–Fri 9am–8pm.

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