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Does it matter when I take my rheumatoid arthritis medications?

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It's important to keep a regular schedule for your meds. Take them at the same time each day. They work better if you keep a constant level of medicine in your body. Don't skip a dose, because it can trigger a flare.

Keep in mind that some medicines, like methotrexate, can take weeks or even months to completely kick in. Try to be patient and give your meds a chance to work.

If you get an upset stomach or other side effects, call your doctor. There are often things you can do to feel better.

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): "Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicines. A Guide for Adults."

Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Today: "Why Skipping Medications is a Bad Idea" and  "Coping with an Arthritis Flare."

Arthritis Foundation: "How to Care for Yourself."

Chen, Y.  NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, published online 2006.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and CAM" and "Acupuncture for Pain."

Up-to-Date Patient information: "Rheumatoid arthritis treatment." 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 29, 2018

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): "Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicines. A Guide for Adults."

Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Today: "Why Skipping Medications is a Bad Idea" and  "Coping with an Arthritis Flare."

Arthritis Foundation: "How to Care for Yourself."

Chen, Y.  NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, published online 2006.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and CAM" and "Acupuncture for Pain."

Up-to-Date Patient information: "Rheumatoid arthritis treatment." 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 29, 2018

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