Arava (Oral)

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Side effects of Arava

My mother is taking ARAVA (10mg) leflunomide since almost 4 years with doctors prescription . in the begining we use to get done her liver function tests regularly . but after few months we discontinued it and then still the medicines are on. she take...
by namrata in india, 12/26/2005

side effects from arava

I've been Arava for almost 2 months. Lately I'm having abdominal and upper chest pain. Also, I bruise extremely easily, even without any injury. Example: I kneeled on one knee to wash my hair in the tub. The next day I had a very large bruise ...
by sandy in York, Nebraska, 08/27/2006

Flu shot while taking Arava?

I read that you should not have a flu shot while taking arava. I have never heard this and I am taking arava now, and have also had a flu shot this year and also last year. What is the reason for saying people who are on arava should not have flu shot...
by melissa in Greentown, IN, 11/10/2005

Arava (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Arava (Oral)

Arava (Oral) Medication Classification


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Arava (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Leflunomide (le-FLOO-noh-mide) Treats rheumatoid arthritis in adults.

When To Not Use Arava (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to leflunomide, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How Should You Use Arava (Oral)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Use your medicine as soon as possible unless it is almost time for your next dose.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
  • Do not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Arava (Oral) Storage

Store Arava (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Arava (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Arava (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using cholestyramine (Questran®), methotrexate, or rifampin (Rifadin®).
  • Unless directed by your doctor, do not receive flu shots or other vaccines while you are using leflunomide.

Arava (Oral) Warnings

  • This medicine may cause birth defects if it is taken by the mother while she is pregnant, or by the father when his sexual partner becomes pregnant.
  • Use two forms of birth control to avoid pregnancy while you are using this medicine and for several weeks after your treatment ends. This is very important whether you are a man or a woman.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney disease, a severe or untreated infection, or liver disease, including a positive hepatitis B or C blood test.
  • Before using this medicine, your doctor may need to check your blood. Blood tests may also be performed each month while you are using the medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments for this testing.

Arava (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Dark-colored urine
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Loss of appetite with weight loss
  • Right-sided stomach pain
  • Swelling, itching, or hives
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Rash

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