Arava (Leflunomide)

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    Arava (Leflunomide) Product Information

    Arava is a prescription medication that is prescribed to relieve inflammation, swelling , stiffness and joint pain, in patients who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis. It is a DMARD  or disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug, that works by suppressing your body's immune and inflammatory responses.

    We carry brand Aravea in 10mg , 20mg, and 100mg doses, manufactured by Sanofi, but it  is available as a generic as well. Generics are chemically and therapeutically the same as a brand medication, but may contain binder's or inactive ingredients that change the appearance, which could be the shape, taste or color. The Generic of Arava is called Leflunomide and is manufactured by Teva, Torrent, or Apotex.

    A prescription is required for processing, and can be forwarded to us directly from your doctor's office. The prescription can be faxed, or called in as a verbal, but if you are given a copy of your prescription from your doctor's office , you can also send it in yourself. Our fax number is 1-855-766-0006, our phone number is 1-855-776-0079, and the email to send prescriptions to is [email protected] There is also a feature on our website where you can simply upload a copy as well.

    What is Arava used for?

    Arava is also marketed as Leflunomide. It is a prescription medicine that you may be prescribed if you have rheumatoid arthritis. You may be directed to take it  alone or together with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine that you easily tolerate. Arava is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug(DMARD), and as such, Arava will work  in various ways to decelerate the rate at which rheumatoid arthritis progresses in your body. This happens as it will stop your  body from making molecules known as pyrimidines. These are known to aggravate the rate at which T cells produce chemicals that trigger inflammation and joint tissue damage. When the pyrimidine production stops, T cells are stopped from reproducing, and your joint damage and inflammation are reduced.

    While Arava might not offer you overnight relief from your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, it can be combined with NSAIDs or low dosages of prednisone, which will help over time.

    How is Arava dosage taken?

    Arava is a medication that is provided in the form of tablets so you would be take it by mouth once every day. It can be taken with food or without food, if you notice that you are having stomach discomfort after your first dose, try to take your Arava with food next time. You can take your dose one 1 ill daily at any time in the day, however, to maintain same levels of it in your blood, ensure that you take it the same time every day. Taking it at the same time daily will help you avoid forgetting to take it.

    The starting dose is usually 100mg once a day for three days, and if well tolerated, you can keep on taking 20mg once a day. On the other hand, reduce the amount to 10mg if you are having a hard time taking Arava. If taken as prescribed, Arava might be able to reduce your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, inhibit joint damage and help you stay active.

    What are the Side Effects of Arava?

    This medication can cause certain side effects and these are not experienced by all people. Some people tolerate the medicine so well that they only notice some common side effects or none at all. These side effects include:

    • Diarrhea
    • Hair loss
    • An infection like common cold or a different respiratory tract infection
    • Skin rash

    What are the Precautions of taking Arava?

    Make sure you discuss some issues with your doctor prior to taking your first tablet; let the physician know about your:

    • Kidney disease or renal failure
    • Liver disease like cirrhosis, hepatitis and liver failure
    • Hypertension
    • Past abnormal liver function tests
    • Alcoholism problem now or in the past
    • Blood disorders like having fewer blood platelets or suffering from anemia
    • Bone marrow issues
    • A weak immune system due to HIV and AIDS or another health problem
    • Cancer now or in the past
    • Lung issues or tuberculosis
    • Current infection or infections
    • Any allergies you suffer from

    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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