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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Leflunomide (Overview)

Leflunomide is an immune system affecting agent.


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
32 doctors shared insights

Leflunomide (Overview)

Leflunomide is an immune system affecting agent.


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Can leflunomide cause bleeding?

Can leflunomide cause bleeding?

If?: It can lower platelets. If liver problems (hepatitis occurs, lower fibrinogen levels occur and can also cause bleeding. Low platelet counts are more likely. ...Read more

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Is there anyone out there prescribing leflunomide for inflammatory arthritis?

Is there anyone out there prescribing leflunomide for inflammatory arthritis?

Yes: The labeled use for Leflunomide is the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis but it has also been used in various types of inflammatory arthritis including psoriatic arthritis and undifferentiated inflammatory arthritis. It is not used for osteoarthritis. ...Read more

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Psa have tried mtx w /remicade& w/ humara no help methotrexate caused blood issues but worked better. Now embrel/leflunomide.No relief frustrated help?

Psa have tried mtx w /remicade& w/ humara no help methotrexate caused blood issues but worked better. Now embrel/leflunomide.No relief frustrated help?

MTX sc ?: Mtx causes less liver issues given sc versus oral. Also mtx has more potent metabolites that take 10 weeks to develop. You did not specify what tests where abnormal. But you suggest that mtx was given alone. Was it? Mtx and Humira (adalimumab) are a good combo for psoriatic arthritis. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take leflunomide while pregnant?

Is it safe to take leflunomide while pregnant?

Ideally No: Leflunomide is used in rheumatoid arthritis. It can cause fetal birth defects. Generally we want to get you off of this medication prior to pregnancy. You should talk to your doctor before coming off of any medication however. ...Read more

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Is there anyone on leflunomide for inflammatory arthritis?

Yes!: It vis what I use next after s.C. Methotrexate, inn most situations where the drug is important! it is potentially more toxic (liver), but appropriate monitoring should minimize any risk. It is a potent and good anti-inflamatory drug. ...Read more

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Are many people with RA taken off leflunomide?

Are many people with RA taken off leflunomide?

Some: The main reasons people are taken off Leflunomide is that the drug doesn't work for them or that it causes a side-effect. Sometimes Leflunomide is no longer needed because another drug is treating the rheumatoid arthritis so well. ...Read more

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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 leflunomide cause bleeding?

If?: It can lower platelets. If liver problems (hepatitis occurs, lower fibrinogen levels occur and can also cause bleeding. Low platelet counts are more likely. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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