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This page contains answers to common questions about rheumatic conditions and treatment. If you need further assistance please phone our advice line on 01473 703315. As there are a large number of questions on this page you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Rheumatology FAQs

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When should I take my medication?

Some medications need to be taken on an empty stomach or separately from other drugs – if this is the case you will be informed of this when the treatment is first prescribed. Full instructions will also be clearly stated on the packaging or accompanying drug information leaflet. Some other medication, such as anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs, should always be taken with or immediately after food – again this should be clearly stated on the drug packaging. It is important to take all medication at the correct dose and at regular intervals as recommended.

Methotrexate should only be taken once weekly, on the same day each week. In exceptional circumstances you may take your methotrexate dose up to a maximum of two days late. If taken any later than this, you will need to adjust subsequent doses to ensure an adequate gap between doses. Please contact our advice line on 01473 703315 if you are unsure.