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 medications prescribed by your rheumatologist to manage your RA and its symptoms, you may also be on medications for related complications. You may be given specific guidance on immunisations and vaccines.

If you live in England and are not eligible for free prescriptions, the number of medications being prescribed to you could be expensive for you to pay for on a regular basis. There are options for payment of prescription charges including obtaining help with health costs which could be helpful. Please see our related Article:

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.