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    Information about Leflunomide

    Leflunomide uses

    Leflunomide is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

    How leflunomide works

    Leflunomide blocks the action of certain chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation, swelling and redness associated with certain autoimmune diseases. It suppresses the underlying disease process, rather than simply treating the disease.

    Common side effects of leflunomide

    Nausea, Headache, Dyspepsia, Rash, Diarrhoea, Increased liver enzymes, Respiratory tract infection

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    Expert advice for Leflunomide

    • You have been prescribed Leflunomide to control the symptoms and slow down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
    • It will take 6-8 weeks for Leflunomide to work. Hence, keep taking the medicine.
    • Get blood tests done every 4 weeks. This is to make sure that Leflunomide is not harming your liver or blood counts.
    • Avoid alcohol when taking Leflunomide as it could harm your liver.
    • Do not take it during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Leflunomide.
    • Leflunomide may increase the risk of infection. Avoid being close to people with cold, flu or other contagious illnesses.
    • Tell your doctor if you experience nausea or diarrhoea.

    Frequently asked questions for Leflunomide


    Q. Is Leflunomide an NSAID, immunosuppressant, blood thinner, chemotherapeutic agent?

    No, Leflunomide is not an NSAID, blood thinner or chemotherapeutic agent. It is an immunosuppressant anti-rheumatic drug

    Q. Can I take Tylenol (acetaminophen), or ibuprofen with leflunomide, or Arava?

    You can take Tylenol or ibuprofen with leflunomide or Arava which is brand name of leflunomide

    Q. Does Leflunomide cause weight or hair loss, bruising, high blood pressure, nausea, cancer, fatigue, or weight gain?

    Leflunomide may cause weight or hair loss, bruising, high blood pressure, and nausea (urge to vomit), but it is not known to cause weight gain, fatigue or cancer

    Q. Does Leflunomide help psoriasis?

    Yes, Leflunomide is used in the treatment of psoriasis.

    Content on this page was last updated on 02 May, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)