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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 are the possible risks and side-effects of mycophenolate?

The most common side-effects of mycophenolate are nausea (feeling sick), diarrhoea, vomiting or stomach pain.

Mycophenolate can also affect your blood count (one of the effects is that fewer blood cells are made) and can make you more likely to develop infections.

You should tell your doctor or rheumatology nurse specialist straight away if you develop any of the following after starting mycophenolate:

  • a sore throat
  • a fever
  • any other symptoms of infection
  • unexplained bruising or bleeding
  • any other new symptoms or
  • anything else that concerns you.

If any of the symptoms listed above are severe, you should stop taking mycophenolate and see your doctor immediately. Generally, however, it's best to talk to your doctor before stopping or reducing mycophenolate.

You should also see your doctor if you develop chickenpox or shingles or come into contact with someone who has chickenpox or shingles. These infections can be severe if you're on mycophenolate.

You may need antiviral treatment, and your mycophenolate may be stopped until you're better.

Although this is uncommon, there's a slightly increased risk of certain types of cancer in people using mycophenolate. Please discuss this matter with your doctor if you're worried. Because of the small increase in risk of skin cancer, you should avoid exposure to strong sunlight and protect your skin with sunblock or sunscreen.

Because mycophenolate can affect the blood count, and can sometimes cause liver or kidney problems, your doctor will arrange for you to have a blood test before you start treatment and regular blood checks while on mycophenolate. You may be asked to keep a record booklet with your blood test results, and you should bring this with you when you visit your GP or the hospital.

You must not take mycophenolate unless you're having regular checks.

Reducing the risk of infection

  • Try to avoid close contact with people with severe active infections.
  • For advice on avoiding infection from food, visit the NHS Choices Food Poisoning website.


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