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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Arava (Overview)

Arava is an immune system affecting agent..


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What's the probability of arava (leflunomide) harming a baby while pregnant?

What's the probability of arava (leflunomide) harming a baby while pregnant?

If you have been : If you are pregnant on arava, (leflunomide) you need to notify your prescribing doctor immediately and you may need to see a high risk ob. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Arava (Overview)

Arava is an immune system affecting agent..


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Where can I buy arava (leflunomide)?

Where can I buy arava (leflunomide)?

Rx only: Arava is a prescription drug for rheumatoid arthritis. It needs to be prescribed and monitoring by a physician familiar with its use. Arava or the generic, leflunomide, can be purchased through most pharmacies and long term distribution pharmacies. ...Read more

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Can arava (leflunomide) be prescribed for lupus? What is the best medication for sle lupus when liver and kidneys are affected? Thank you very much.

Can arava (leflunomide) be prescribed for lupus?  What is the best medication for sle lupus when liver and kidneys are affected? Thank you very much.

Not really: In my experience it has little or no value. The liver is not involved in lupus so look for other causes. With renal disease, a biopsy is essentially and CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) would be the drug of choice. ...Read more

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Saw rheumy. Today.Gave me arava (leflunomide) 20mg+methotrexate 25mg+enbrel for psoriasis/psor.Arthritis.Is it safe, r all 3 used frequently/sometimes, opinion please ?

Saw rheumy. Today.Gave me arava (leflunomide) 20mg+methotrexate 25mg+enbrel for psoriasis/psor.Arthritis.Is it safe, r all 3 used frequently/sometimes, opinion please ?

Psoriatic Arthritis: Methotrexate (trexall) is the most common dmard used to treat psoriatic arthritis. However, it has potentially serious side effects, including lung, kidney and liver problems. Using Arava and Methotrexate together my increase the risk of hepatotoxicity & leukopenia.I would just use a biologic like Remicade or Humira or Enbrel or stelara (ustekinumab) which should control your disease but this is my opinion. ...Read more

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Is arava (leflunomide) effective for rheumatoid arthritis?

Is arava (leflunomide) effective for rheumatoid arthritis?

It may be...: Again, this is a question for the treating specialist, most likely a rheumatologist. When treating a disorder like ra, there are a variety of medications that have been effective; as with everything else in medicine, no one size fits all, and the right drug or combo for each must be assessed over time by a specialist. ...Read more

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Stomach burning and hurting, no change in bowels. Good blood work, and urine. On arava (leflunomide) and predispose. Worried about pancreatic cancer. ?

Stomach burning and hurting, no change in bowels. Good blood work, and urine. On arava (leflunomide) and predispose. Worried about pancreatic cancer. ?

Need more info: Your symptoms could be from gastritis, reflux, ulcer, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, hiatal hernia, gastroparesis, volvulus, disease of the spine, aortic dissection, or dozens of other various conditions, there are so many conditions with those symmptoms ranging from minor to very serious. Seek further evaluation from a doctor for guidance, focus and referral. ...Read more

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I have been on cholestyramine for 10 days to clear arava (leflunomide) from my system.How long will this non-stop itching last?

Discontinue: You may be having a histaminic reaction to the cholestyramine. I'd stop the medication or take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to see if the itching improves. Tell the prescribing doctor, they will likely switch you to a different drug. ...Read more

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Where can I buy arava (leflunomide)?

Rx only: Arava is a prescription drug for rheumatoid arthritis. It needs to be prescribed and monitoring by a physician familiar with its use. Arava or the generic, leflunomide, can be purchased through most pharmacies and long term distribution pharmacies. ...Read more

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Is arava (leflunomide) cheaper then methotrexate?

Is arava (leflunomide) cheaper then methotrexate?

Methotrexate cheaper: Generic Methotrexate is very inexpensive. If you get name brand pills it's more, but generic version of Arava (leflunomide) is more expensive than Methotrexate and Arava is the most expensive. In my experience, Methotrexate works better and has less frequent dosing (weekly instead of daily). I only use Leflunomide (arava) if Methotrexate can't be used for some reason. Side effects are similar. ...Read more

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I have RA and am on prednsion and arava, (leflunomide) what do you think?

I have RA and am on prednsion and arava, (leflunomide) what do you think?

Seems ok: These are known treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. They are not typically the first agents that I use and i like to try to get my patients off all steroids if i can, but I do have patients on Leflunomide (arava) if they can't take or fail Methotrexate or biologicals. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Leflunomide (Definition)

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