Arava (Leflunomide)

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What is Arava prescribed for?

Arava is a medication made to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. It belongs to a class of medicine known as the DMARDs. This class of medicines can decrease the damage, and the disabilities caused by rheumatoid arthritis, such as joint pain, damage, and swelling.


How does Arava work?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition in which the body’s defense system fails to recognize the body as itself, and begins to attack healthy tissues around the joints. Arava (Leflunomide) blocks the formation of DNA, an important task in replicating calls, such as the ones in the immune system, it then suppresses the immune system to reduce inflammation that causes the pain and swelling.

This medication is to be taken by mouth, with our without food. usually daily or as directed by your doctor. Take this medication exactly as prescribed. Keep in mind you may be instructed to take a higher dose for the first three days of the treatment.

Dosage is based on your medical condition, take this medication regularly in order to get the most amount of benefits form it. 

Before taking Arava, consult with your doctor and inform them if you are allergic to teriflunomide, or if you have any other allergies. 

Before using this medication tell your doctor of your medical history, especially if you have the following;
Immune system disorder, current/recent infections, cancer, bone marrow/blood disorders,  Kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, or any alcohol abuse.

This medication may also make you dizzy, it is best not to take with any alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) since they can make you more dizzy.  If you are taking cannabis, please inform your doctor.


Some of the side effects that may occur are as follows;
Diarrhea, nausea, and dizziness. 
If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor promptly.

However, tell your doctor right away if you are experiencing any of these side effects;
Cough, numbness/tingling in hands/feet, hair loss, chest pain, fest/pounding heart, increased thirst/urination, muscle cramps/pain, mental/mood changes, vision changes, easy bruising/bleeding, unusual growths/lumps, unexplained weightloss and unusual tiredness.

This medication may raise your blood pressure, so check your blood pressure regulary.

What is Leflunomide?

Arava is a medication that helps to reduce joint pain and swelling and overall helps you move better. So what is leflunomide used for exactly? Arava is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. This is a condition where the body’s immune system fails to recognize the body as itself and beings to attack the healthy tissue around the joints.  When taken, it works by weakening your immune system and decreases the swelling you may be experiencing. This medication comes in three different strengths which are 10mg, 20mg, and 100mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.   


How long does Arava stay in your system?

On average, it generally takes about 10 weeks, so roughly two and a half months after your last dose for most of the medication to be eliminated from your body. Although, there have been a small number of cases where it has taken two years for some to have the medication completely leave their system.

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