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Arava or the generic form Leflunomide is commonly prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Leflunomide helps reduce pain, swelling in your joints by suppressing your immune system to stop your body from attacking it's own joint tissue.
Take Arava orally once daily with or without food. Take this medication at the same time each day to build of a routine. Regular use of this medication will deliver the best results over time.
There may be cases where you will have to take Cholestyramine to rid the body of Leflunomide once you have completed treatment with Avara. If you are not prescribed Cholestyramine to remove excess Leflunomide, it could stay in your system for up to two years. Speak with your doctor on the best way to complete a proper treatment with Arava.
Some ingredients may have the potential to induce an allergic reaction. Before taking Arava speak with your doctor about know allergies. Disclose any medications and supplements you are taking to avoid any interactions with Arava. Speak with your doctor about prior medical conditions or if you have had a history of blood disorders, kindey disease, heart disease, high blood pressure or lung disease before taking Arava.
You may feel dizzy at times while taking Arava. Avoid alcohol and cannabis as it can exasperate the dizzying effects. Additionally you may speak with your doctor regarding the acceptable limits of these substances while taking Arava.
Cholestyramin effects your immune system and could put you are risk of developing infections or illness. Make sure to practice good hygiene by washing your hands to prevent the spread of infections or other diseases. Take care to avoid others with transmittable infections like the flu, measles or chickenpox as your body's immunizations/vaccinations may be less effective while using Arava.
Due to the changes in your immune system do not plan to have any immunizations/vaccinations while taking Arava. Consult your doctor first before planning to have any immunizations/vaccinations during your treatment with Arava.
Some side effects can include:
diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, headache, dizziness, back pain, numbness or tingling, runny or stuffy nose, cold symptoms, itching or skin rash
More serious side effects can also include:
cough, hair loss, chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeat, increased thirst or urination, muscle cramps or pain, mental/mood changes, vision changes, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual growths or lumps, swollen glands (lymph nodes), unexplained weight loss, unusual tiredness
Q: I read that Arava can effect my sperm. I am planning to have children, what can I do?
A: There is not enough enough medical data to know if Arava can effects a man's sperm preventing procreation. Speak with your doctor if you are currently taking Arava and are planning for children to understand the risk's involved.
Q: Can I use Arava while pregnant or breast feeding?
A: You should not take Arava while pregnant because it can have a direct effect on the unborn baby. Additionally the medication can pass into the breast milk of the nursing mother. Speak with your doctor to better understand the risk's in both cases.
Q: How should I store Arava?
A: This should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Never dispose this medication in wastewater. If you are unsure of how to safely dispose unwanted or expired medications speak with your local pharmacist for disposal options.
Q: I missed a dose, what do I do?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your missed does is close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose to avoid double dosing.
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