Rheumatology conditions for consumers

There are many safe and effective treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, including biological and targeted medicines. Use the latest evidence to help you make decisions about your treatments in partnership with your rheumatologist.

Rheumatology conditions for consumers

Rheumatoid arthritis key points

  • Methotrexate is used safely and effectively at low doses for rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Take your medicine as prescribed to avoid long-term damage to your joints, even if you are feeling well. Talk to your health professional if you have any concerns about your medicines.
  • If you are doing well, your rheumatologist may suggest reducing your medicine dose or how often you take it. It’s important that you work closely with your rheumatologist to find the treatment approach that’s right for you.
  • For biological medicines, there may be a biosimilar medicine available. Biosimilar medicines have been tested and shown to be as safe and effective as the reference biological medicine. Talk to your rheumatologist about whether a biosimilar is right for you.
  • Develop a plan with your rheumatologist on how you will manage a flare.
 

Rheumatoid arthritis roadmap

This roadmap helps you navigate life with rheumatoid arthritis, from diagnosis to finding treatment that works for you.

View the rheumatoid arthritis roadmap here

Rheumatoid arthritis roadmap

Date published : 2 November 2020

 

Methotrexate action plan

This action plan can help you discuss methotrexate with your rheumatologist and plan the best way to take your medicine.

Methotrexate action plan

Date published : 2 November 2020

 

Video: Living with methotrexate

Hear from Suzanne as she talks about her treatment journey and the impact methotrexate has had on her RA.

 

Patient decision aid: My rheumatoid arthritis is under control – what should I do about my medicine?

If your rheumatoid arthritis  is well controlled with a biological or targeted medicine, it may be possible to reduce the amount of medicine you take. Use this decision aid with your rheumatologist to help you feel more informed and clearer about what matters most when making your decision about your medicine.

 

Fact sheet: My rheumatoid arthritis is well controlled with a biological or targeted medicine: can I take less medicine? 

Find out more about why reducing the amount of biological or targeted medicine you take might be possible, the potential benefits and harms, and things to discuss with your rheumatologist before making your decision.

Rheumatoid arthritis – Fact sheet

Date published : 2 November 2020

 

Flares action plan

COMING SOON

This action plan can help you and your rheumatologist prepare a plan for how to manage a flare of your rheumatoid arthritis.

 

NPS MedicineWise app

The MedicineWise app is NPS MedicineWise’s free health and medicines management app. The MedicineWise app can:

  • keep track of your medicines and remind you when your medicine doses and appointments are due
  • store your information such as your health conditions and allergies
  • allow you to share your health information with your health professionals and people who may be caring for you
  • provide you with trusted, relevant and up-to-date information relating to your medicines and your health conditions

A new range of features to support people with rheumatology conditions, including a dose tracker to manage complex dosing or stepping up or stepping down of medicines, will be released in early 2021.

 
 

Psoriatic arthritis key points

  • Methotrexate is used safely and effectively at low doses for psoriatic arthritis.
  • Take your medicine as prescribed to avoid long-term damage to your joints, even if you are feeling well. Talk to your health professional if you have any concerns about your medicines.
  • For biological medicines, there may be a biosimilar medicine available. Biosimilar medicines have been tested and shown to be as safe and effective as the reference biological medicine. Talk to your rheumatologist about whether a biosimilar is right for you. 
  • Develop a plan with your rheumatologist on how you will manage a flare.
 

Psoriatic arthritis roadmap

This roadmap helps you navigate life with psoriatic arthritis, from diagnosis to finding treatment that works for you.

View the psoriatic arthritis roadmap here

Psoriatic arthritis roadmap

Date published : 2 November 2020

 

Methotrexate action plan

This tool can help you discuss methotrexate with your rheumatologist and plan the best way to take your medicine.

Methotrexate action plan

Date published : 2 November 2020

 

Flares action plan

COMING SOON

This action plan can help you and your rheumatologist prepare a plan for how to manage a flare of your psoriatic arthritis.

 

NPS MedicineWise app

The MedicineWise app is NPS MedicineWise’s free health and medicines management app. The MedicineWise app can:

  • keep track of your medicines and remind you when your medicine doses and appointments are due
  • store your information such as your health conditions and allergies
  • allow you to share your health information with your health professionals and people who may be caring for you
  • provide you with trusted, relevant and up-to-date information relating to your medicines and your health conditions

A new range of features to support people with rheumatology conditions, including a dose tracker to manage complex dosing or stepping up or stepping down of medicines, will be released in early 2021.

 
 

Conditions that involve the spine, including ankylosing spondylitis, are also known as axial spondyloarthritis.

 

Ankylosing spondylitis key points

  • Take your medicine as prescribed to avoid long-term damage to your joints, even if you are feeling well. Talk to your health professional if you have any concerns about your medicines.
  • If you are doing well, your rheumatologist may suggest reducing your medicine dose or how often you take it. It’s important that you work closely with your rheumatologist to find the treatment approach that’s right for you.
  • For biological medicines, there may be a biosimilar medicine available. Biosimilar medicines have been tested and shown to be as safe and effective as the reference biological medicine. Talk to your rheumatologist about whether a biosimilar is right for you. 
  • Develop a plan with your rheumatologist on how you will manage a flare.
 

Ankylosing spondylitis roadmap

This roadmap helps you navigate life with ankylosing spondylitis, from diagnosis to finding treatment that works for you.

View the ankylosing spondylitis roadmap here

Ankylosing spondylitis roadmap

Date published : 2 November 2020

 

Flares action plan

COMING SOON

This action plan can help you and your rheumatologist prepare a plan for how to manage a flare of your ankylosing spondylitis.

 

NPS MedicineWise app

The MedicineWise app is NPS MedicineWise’s free health and medicines management app. The MedicineWise app can:

  • keep track of your medicines and remind you when your medicine doses and appointments are due
  • store your information such as your health conditions and allergies
  • allow you to share your health information with your health professionals and people who may be caring for you
  • provide you with trusted, relevant and up-to-date information relating to your medicines and your health conditions

A new range of features to support people with rheumatology conditions, including a dose tracker to manage complex dosing or stepping up or stepping down of medicines, will be released in early 2021.