Just been diagnosed with RA last month and started Metho on Sunday. Have been on diclofenic from start and phoned clinic last week when pain was really bad as diclofenic + paracetamol weren't doing anything to lessen it. Was told I could take co-codamol or co-drydamol with diclofenic. Still didn't bring pain level down so phoned own surgery yesterday and spoke to nurse, she got me prescription for solpaldol and things are much better this morning. What I would like to know is do you have to keep taking all the painkillers or only take them as needed during a flare up ?