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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?"

Are you sure you want to close your conversation?

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 else should I know about Bisphosphonates?

Calcium and vitamin D 

It's important to get enough calcium and vitamin D as a lack of these can lessen the effect of bisphosphonates. You may be prescribed a daily supplement of calcium and/or vitamin D.

Oral hygiene and dental treatment

During bisphosphonate therapy you should maintain good oral hygiene and have regular dental check-ups. If you're expecting to have dental work it's usually best if this can be completed before starting bisphosphonates. However, it may not be necessary to stop your bisphosphonates if you do need dental treatment later on. If in doubt, check with your doctor.

Other medicines and vaccinations

It's usually fine to take other medicines alongside bisphosphonates, but check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medications.

There's no reason why you shouldn't have vaccinations while you're on bisphosphonates.

Alcohol

Alcohol is unlikely to interact with bisphosphonates. However, heavy drinking is a risk factor for osteoporosis and for having falls so it's recommended that you drink alcohol only in moderation.

Fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding

Osteoporosis usually affects older people, so there's only limited evidence concerning the use of bisphosphonates by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Bisphosphonates can cross the placenta to the unborn baby and can also pass into breast milk in small amounts. There's no clear evidence that this is harmful to the child. However, as a precaution, it's recommended that treatment with bisphosphonates is stopped at least three months before trying for a baby and while breastfeeding.

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