The drug leflunomide is prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It works to help relieve symptoms, increase physical function, and slow down the progression of the disease. This medication comes in the form of a tablet and is taken once a day. While most people have no problems with this medicine, side effects are possible and can include hair loss, diarrhea, and a rash.
What Is Leflunomide?
Leflunomide (Arava®) is a prescription medication approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It may be used alone or in combination with other medicines, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, or corticosteroids (prednisone, for example).
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