How do I take gold and how long does it take to work?
Gold is always given by intramuscular injection (an injection into a muscle), usually the buttocks. The injections can be given either at your GP's surgery or at the hospital.
The usual dose is 50 mg weekly to start with, until you've received a total dose of 1 g. If there is no sign of improvement in your condition after this your doctor will stop the gold injections and suggest a different treatment for you.
If gold injections work for you, your doctor may be able to reduce the dose or give it fortnightly or monthly instead. Some people carry on using gold for many years – how often the injections are given can be adjusted depending on how severe your symptoms are.
How long do gold injections take to work?
Gold injections don't work immediately. It may be 3 months before you notice any benefit.
Please note, this text was last revised in November 2013.