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Leflunomide (Arava®) is a prescription medication approved for treating rheumatoid arthritis in adults. Because it does not provide immediate relief from symptoms, leflunomide can be combined with other medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or low doses of prednisone.
Before beginning treatment with leflunomide, information on the drug's safety should be carefully reviewed. Although most people do not have any problems while taking this medicine, leflunomide is not suitable for everyone. For instance, you may not be able to use it safely if you have certain medical conditions, such as lung problems, high blood pressure, or liver problems.
Leflunomide comes in tablet form and is typically taken once daily. Most people tolerate this medicine well. When side effects do occur, they are generally mild and are easily treated. Some of the possible side effects include diarrhea, a rash, and hair loss.
(Click Leflunomide for more information on this drug. This article also covers how the product works, lists potential side effects, and offers some general safety precautions to be aware of before starting treatment.)
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