What is Arava (Leflunomide) used for?
Arava (Leflunomide) is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. This drug belongs to a class of medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), which work by helping to reduce swelling and damage to the joints while also improving physician functioning. This drug may also be given to patients who have had an organ transplant, to prevent the transplant from being rejected.
How should I use Arava (Leflunomide)?
Arava (Leflunomide) tablets are taken orally. Adult patients are sometimes directed to take this drug once per day, however it is common for physicians to prescribe a larger dose for the first 3 days of treatment. It is important to note that the exact dosage may vary, and patients are advised to consult their physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed.
What are the side effects of Arava (Leflunomide)?
Arava (Leflunomide) may cause some side effects to occur, such as:
Patients should consult their physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if they notice other serious side effects, such as hair loss, muscle pain, changes in vision, unusual behavior, pain in the chest, a rapid pounding heartbeat or fever.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Arava (Leflunomide). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
This drug must never be used by pregnant women, due to the risks posed to the unborn baby. Women must also have a negative pregnancy test before starting this drug, and must use 2 forms of reliable contraception while taking this drug, and until the drug has completely left the body. Discuss the potential risks with your physician before taking this medication.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.