General medicine information

People diagnosed with RA will often be on multiple medications. In addition to disease control, there may be medications for symptom control or other health conditions. You may also need general information about how to report side effects or which vaccinations you can have.


As well as the drugs prescribed by your rheumatologist to manage your RA and its symptoms, you may also be on medications for related complications. You may also need specific guidance on immunisations, because for many, due to the drugs you are taking, you will not be able to have the most live vaccines.

The number of drugs being prescribed could also be expensive to have to pay for on a regular basis if you live in an area of the UK where prescriptions are not free, and you may need advice on how to reduce prescription costs.

Medicines in rheumatoid arthritis

We believe it is essential that people living with RA understand why certain medicines are used, when they are used and how they work to manage the condition.