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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.

Helpline 0800 5200 520 More information

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Paracetamol is the most common of a group of drugs known as simple non-opioid analgesics.

Paracetamol is available over the counter and is often the first treatment people try for mild to moderate pain, for example following a minor injury, or for headaches and muscular pains. There are limits to the number of tablets you can buy at any one time. 

Paracetamol doesn't have an anti-inflammatory effect, which means it's usually less helpful for inflammatory types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis. For inflammatory arthritis paracetamol may be taken in combination with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

How do I take it?

Paracetamol is usually taken in doses of two 500 mg tablets, up to four times a day. It's also available in a liquid form for children.

What are the risks and side-effects of paracetamol?

Side-effects are rare, though a few people may develop a rash.

Paracetamol can damage your liver if you take more than 4,000 mg (eight tablets) per day. Be aware that many other products, for example cold and flu medicines, also contain paracetamol.

There's been some concern that long-term use may affect your cardiovascular system and kidneys. Your doctor may suggest stopping it from time to time to see if it's still necessary and helpful.

Paracetamol must be used in lower doses than usual if you have kidney problems and should be used with caution if you have liver problems or drink a lot of alcohol – speak to your doctor if in doubt.


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