Leflunomide Side Effects

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Leflunomide(Arava), a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD), helps improve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms such as joint swelling and tenderness. But unlike many symptom relievers that only help relieve pain and swelling, Arava actually helps slow the progression of joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, Arava is the only oral DMARD indicated to improve physical function.

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • diarrhea
  • hair loss
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • mouth sores
  • runny nose
  • back pain
  • dry or itchy skin
  • muscle pain or weakness
  • flu-like symptoms
  • urinary tract infection
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
  • rash
  • difficulty breathing
  • chest pain
  • increased heart rate

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine? They need to know if you have, or have ever had, any of these conditions:
  • an alcohol problem
  • anemia or other blood disorders
  • cancer or cancer treatments (radiation therapy)
  • an immune deficiency (natural or due to cancer, cancer chemotherapy, infection with the HIV virus or AIDS, radiation, or steroid therapy)
  • fever or infection
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • lung disease or breathing problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to leflunomide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

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