Gold is older therapy that is no longer commonly prescribed. It may be given to patients who have not responded to other medications, or to patients who cannot take other medications.
Because gold therapy is not often used and tends to be an older therapy, we have created an information pamphlet to help primary care physicians understand the side effects of gold and how to handle them: Gold Information for Administering Health Care Practitioners (PDF).
Gold is administered as an intramuscular injection once a week, usually into a muscle in the buttocks or thigh. Injections are usually given by a doctor or nurse.
Gold does not work right away. It can take 3 months for patients to start feeling the effects of gold, and up to 12 months to start feeling the maximum effects.
Important Tests and Risks
Watch Dr. Andy Thompson, a Canadian rheumatologist, introduce Gold in this short video: