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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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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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Aspirin

What is aspirin?

Aspirin is one of a group of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It's widely used to relieve mild to moderate pain and inflammation.

It's available over the counter in 300 mg tablets and is usually taken in doses of 300–600 mg four times a day after food.

Aspirin is also used in low doses (75 mg daily) to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks. This dose doesn't have a pain-relieving effect.

What are the risks and side-effects of aspirin?

Aspirin can cause stomach-related side-effects at higher doses. Soluble forms reduce this risk to some extent, as do tablets which have a special 'enteric' coating to make sure the drug isn't absorbed into the body until it reaches the small intestine.

However, you shouldn't take aspirin if you have:

  • indigestion
  • heartburn
  • or a history of stomach ulcers.

It can cause bleeding in the digestive system, particularly if:

  • you drink alcohol
  • you take the blood-thinning drug warfarin
  • or you're over 60.

For this reason many doctors will now advise you not to take aspirin for pain relief, but to take a different NSAID or a coxib instead.

You should speak to your doctor if you're thinking of taking fish oil supplements because these can interact with aspirin. However, it's fine to eat oily fish.

In some people, aspirin can make asthma worse or cause an allergic reaction that results in rashes and hives. If you experience any of these side-effects you must stop taking aspirin immediately.

Children and young people under the age of 16 shouldn't take aspirin.

If you're on long-term, low-dose aspirin you must be careful about taking other NSAIDs because this could increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Ask your doctor for advice if you're unsure.

Find out more about the other NSAIDs available.

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