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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.

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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.

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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 (AVA) allows you to ask questions and get answers about your condition and how best to manage it. It’s based on over 80 years of our research and uses artificial intelligence to decide on the best responses to give you. The AVA is currently in ‘beta’ testing which means it’s still learning and will improve as more people use it.

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Can infliximab affect fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding?

If you're planning to try for a baby, if you become pregnant, or if you're thinking of breastfeeding we suggest you discuss your medications with your rheumatologist.

Current guidelines state that infliximab can be used during pregnancy and in men trying to father a child. If it's used during pregnancy it will usually be stopped after four months. If it's used after this, it's possible, but not proven, that it may increase the risk of infection in the newborn baby.

However, if there's concern that your arthritis may flare up if infliximab is stopped then you can continue with it throughout pregnancy – in this case, your baby should not have any live vaccines (such as BCG) until they're seven-months old.

Women who are also on methotrexate should stop taking it and use contraception for at least three months before trying for a baby.

The guidelines state that there's no need for men to stop methotrexate when trying to father a baby. There's only limited information about the use of infliximab while breastfeeding. Small amounts of infliximab may pass into the breast milk, but this doesn't appear to be harmful.

You should not re-start methotrexate until you stop breastfeeding.



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