What is Generic Arava?
Generic Arava is an oral drug that reduces inflammation and swelling due to rheumatoid arthritis. The response of the immune system may contribute to rheumatoid arthritis. Leflunomide affects this system and is able to slow down the progression of the disease, especially in the affected joints. Leflunomide helps to treat all stages of adult rheumatoid arthritis. Leflunomide can be used with some of the other medications that are used to treat the inflammation and pain of this condition (for example, aspirin, other salicylates or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen).
What should my health care professional know before I receive this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- bone marrow problems
- immune system problems
- fever or infection
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to leflunomide, other medicines, lactose, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How Generic Arava is taken?
Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Generic Arava interactions
- NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care providers a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while taking this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need frequent blood checks while you are receiving the medicine.
If you get a cold or other infection while receiving this medicine, call your doctor or health care professional. Do not treat yourself. The medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection.
If you are a woman who has the potential to become pregnant, discuss birth control options with your doctor or health care professional. You must not be pregnant, and you must be using a reliable form of birth control. The medicine may harm an unborn baby. Immediately call your doctor if you think you might be pregnant.
Alcoholic drinks may increase possible damage to your liver. Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine.
Generic Arava side effects
This list may not describe all possible side effects.
How to store Generic Arava?
Generic Arava must be stored in a cool dry place at (76 F). Excursions permitted to (60-85 F). Don't store in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not freeze. Keep away from children.