Generic Name - Leflunomide
Category - Arthritis
Generic for Arava* is indicated for the relief of some symptoms caused by rheumatoid arthritis such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness and joint pain. It also improves the physical function in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Arava* medication works by stopping the body from producing too many of the immune cells that are responsible for the swelling and inflammation.
Generic for Arava* Contraindications and Drug Interactions
Generic for Arava*is contraindicated in patients, who are hypersensitive to this drug, medications that belong to this class of drugs or had an allergic reaction to it in the past.
Generic for Arava*should be not be taken by patients who have a history of the following ailment conditions
Liver disease including hepatitis B or C
There are a number of medications that interact withGeneric for Arava*. It is important to take the doctor's counsel if you are taking any of the following
Generic for Arava* Dosage
The following information just highlights the general average dosage of GenericArava*
Due to the long half-life in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and recommended dosing interval (24 hours), a loading dose is needed to provide steady-state concentrations more rapidly. It is recommended that ARAVA therapy be initiated with a loading dose of one 100 mg tablet per day for 3 days.
Generic for Arava* Adverse Effects
Some of the most serious Generic for Arava* side Effects include weight, chest pain, confusion, constipation, decreased hearing, diarrhea, dry mouth or increased thirst, fever or chills, increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight, insomnia or loss of appetite.
This is not a complete list of all Side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Generic for Arava*.
Generic for Arava* and Pregnancy
Leflunomide causes birth defects and must not be taken during pregnancy.
Generic for Arava* and Breastfeeding
Although there are no studies to indicate the excretion of Generic for Arava* in human milk, it should not be taken during breastfeeding considering the possible unwanted effects in nursing babies.
Generic for Arava* and Pediatric
There are no specific information on the safety and effectiveness of Generic for Arava* in pediatric patients. However, because of its potential toxicity, Arava* is not recommended in children upto 18 years of age.
Generic for Arava* and Geriatric
There is no specific information on the safety and effectiveness of Generic for Arava* in geriatric patients compared to other age groups. However, dosage adjustment is not recommended in patients older than 65 years of age.
The above information about Generic for Arava* serves as an information resource only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis and treatment. Always seek the counsel of your doctor, physician or pharmacist before starting any new treatment or making changes to existing therapy.