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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 rituximab affect other medicines and treatments?

Rituximab may be prescribed alongside other drugs, including methotrexate. However, some drugs may interact with rituximab so check with your doctor before starting any new medications, and remember to mention you're on rituximab if you're treated by anyone other than your usual rheumatology team.

Can I have vaccinations while I'm on rituximab?

It's usually recommended that people on rituximab avoid live vaccines such as yellow fever. However, sometimes a live vaccine may be necessary (for example, rubella immunisation in women of childbearing age).

If you're offered shingles vaccination (Zostavax) it's best if you can have this before starting rituximab. Otherwise, you may be able to have the vaccine between courses of rituximab when your B-cells have returned. Check with your rheumatology team.

Pneumococcal vaccine (which protects against the most common cause of pneumonia) and yearly flu vaccines should be given at least one month before a course of rituximab.

Can I continue with rituximab if I'm going to have an operation?

Planned operations are usually scheduled at least a month after your last rituximab infusion. Make sure your surgeon knows you're on rituximab.

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