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Medicines, which some people call drugs, are used in all sorts of ways to make you comfortable, happy and to allow your body to grow strong for the future.

We know which medicines will help you, but we also want you to know what you are taking and why. No one likes taking medicines just because they are told to.

Our medicines can help with lots of things, including:

  • pain and swelling
  • making the arthritis go away
  • making your bones strong
  • if you are feeling sick.

Most medicines come as a liquid or tablet. These days we don't make them from bats' wings or pond weed, so they usually don't taste too bad. But if you are worried you may be able to take them with food or a sweet. We may also recommend eye drops.

Sometimes we ask you to have medicines by injection (a little nick under the skin with a very small needle). This may seem difficult at first but almost everyone finds them really easy once they have started. Many children find the injections better than tablets.