What are gold injections?
Gold is a type of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). It dampens down the underlying disease process. Read more
Why are gold injections prescribed?
Gold is prescribed to reduce inflammation and slow down the disease process that can lead to joint damage and deformity in rheumatoid arthritis. It is sometimes used to treat other auto-immune conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis. Read more
How do I take gold and how long does it take to work?
Gold is always given as an injection into a muscle, usually the buttocks. Gold injections don't work immediately. If they do work for you, it may be three months before you notice any difference. Read more
What are the possible side-effects of gold injections?
Possible side-effects of gold injections include a sore throat, fever, bruising or bleeding, rashes and kidney problems. Read more
What are the risks of having gold injections?
If you're on an ACE inhibitor to treat high blood pressure, you may be at a slightly higher risk of having an allergic reaction to gold injections. It's not advisable to have gold injections if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Read more
What else should I know about gold injections?
A number of other drugs are used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and related conditions. Your doctor or rheumatology nurse will discuss these options with you. Read more