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Having to take sack loads of medications for your arthritis might seem like a right pain. But remember your doctor will have prescribed them with good reason – they should make you feel better in the long run.

Taking medications

  • Remember to take your medication – it sounds obvious, but it does take discipline. You could incorporate taking them into your daily routine – like taking them after brushing your teeth, or at mealtimes if you have to take them with food
  • Educate yourself about different medications – learn how they work and what side effects they may have
  • Stock up. Know when you’re going to run out of your supply and get your repeat prescription in early
  • Keep your medication in its original bottle and packaging, so you have the correct labels and instructions
  • Don’t stop taking the pills or adjust the dose without consulting your GP or rheumatologist first. This could make your arthritis worse
  • Be aware that crushing or breaking a pill may impact on its effectiveness


Cannabis is thought to have pain-reducing properties, so you might be tempted to give it a try. Remember that whilst the government has downgraded the classification of cannabis, it is still an illegal drug.

Much more research needs to be done on the effects of cannabis on the body, some of which may be harmful. As well as being illegal, taking drugs is risky, have nasty side effects and impact on your arthritis medication. If you have any concerns about drugs, Talk to Frank provides useful information. You can email them or call any time day or night on 0800 776600. You can also talk to your GP.

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