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Leflunomide

 

Drug Class:

DMARDs

Brand Names

Arava


Dosages

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10 to 20 mg per day in a single dose.


Potential Side Effects

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Dizziness; gastrointestinal problems; hair loss; headache; heartburn; high blood pressure; liver prob­lems; low blood cell counts; pain or burning in feet or hands; rash; stomach pain; sneezing; sore throat.


Special Instructions

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  • When planning pregnancy, ask your doctor if you should take the drug cholestyramine to help your body remove leflunomide more quickly.
  • This drug can cause potential harm to a developing fetus. Use two forms of birth control while taking this drug.

Be Aware

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  • Your doctor should order periodic blood and urine tests to check for unwanted effects. Before taking any DMARD, tell your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant.

The Arthritis Today Drug Guide is meant for education – not self-medicating. Arthritis Today, the Arthritis Foundation and the Drug Guide Medical Review Panel do not endorse any products mentioned in this guide. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date, we make no representations or warranties about the completeness of the information provided.

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