Frequently asked questions

Here are a few common questions and answers we have about Rheumatology. If you have any additional questions, you can contact the rheumatology helpline on 01438 285624.

What should I do if my arthritis is flaring?

My knee/shoulder/elbow is swollen and I think it may need aspirating and injecting, what should I do?

What should I do if I am having side effects from my treatment?

How long will it take before my new medication starts to take effect?

How do I find out the results of the tests I have had?

Can I arrange an earlier appointment?

Should I stop any of my medications before going into hospital for surgery?

Is it OK to continue to take anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and aspirin whilst on Methotrexate?

Why do I need to take folic acid after Methotrexate each week?

What should I do if I get chicken pox whilst on Methotrexate?

Can I have a steroid injection before my holiday/wedding/special occasion?

I have an infection and I am taking antibiotics. Should I stop taking my other medications?

What should I do about my medication if I have diarrhoea and I am vomiting?

When should I take my medication?

Can I have vaccinations whilst I am on medication for my condition?

Should I have the ‘flu and/or pneumonia vaccinations?

Is it OK to miss one or more injections (Methotrexate, Gold or Biologic therapies) whilst I am away on holiday?

Does it matter if I miss one or more routine blood monitoring tests whilst I am away on holiday?

Can I take over the counter medication as well as my prescribed drugs?

Can I use complementary or herbal remedies?

My prescription has expired, can my own doctor (GP) renew this for me?

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