This is a disease awareness website produced by UCB and is intended for a UK and Ireland audience.

Flare Management

The information provided on this web page is intended for general information purposes only. Information concerning any product is not intended to provide or substitute medical advice provided by a doctor or healthcare professional. This web page is not intended to offer medical diagnosis or provide patient-specific treatment advice. Always consult your doctor on matters relating to your health condition and treatments.

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A flare is a period where your symptoms worsen and you may also have more pain. Whether it’s relatively short-lived or more severe, disrupting your day to day life, a flare can be frustrating, upsetting and painful.

Increases in joint pain, swelling, fatigue and stress can be hard to live with. There are some general strategies for coping with flares that may help listed below but always speak to your doctor for advice on how to manage flares.

  • Make sure you get enough rest and take it easy

  • Try to get enough sleep

  • Gentle exercise may help to ease pain and lift your mood, but only what you feel up to

  • Try yoga or meditation, many people find relaxation techniques help to manage their pain

  • Don’t be afraid to use an aid if you need it. A walking stick might help tremendously

  • Warm baths or showers can help, especially in the morning
  • Try heat and cool packs
  • Make sure that you're taking your medications at the right time and the right dose
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulators) machines may help some people to reduce their pain
  • Speak up – let the people around you know that you're not feeling your best, you don’t have to suffer in silence

Many hospitals have helplines you can call for advice if you are experiencing a flare. If you are having regular flare ups or your symptoms get worse, it’s best to speak to your doctor.

The information provided on this website is not a substitute for professional medical care. If you have any concerns about your health or medicine, you should consult your healthcare specialist or general practitioner.

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the patient information leaflet. You can also report side effects directly in the UK via the Yellow Card Scheme website: or via the the MHRA Yellow Card App in the Google Play or Apple App Store. In Ireland please report via the HPRA at

You can also report adverse events to UCB at or

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IE-DA-2300084. September 2023