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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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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What are the chances of arava (leflunomide) harming a baby while pregnant?

Quite serious: Leflunomide is category X by the FDA, the highest rating for potential for birth defects. If pregnant a doctor must follow a strict protocol outlined by the FDA. There are to date no major studies regarding pregnancy outcome in actual patients. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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Could leflunomide cause bleeding to the back passage?

Could leflunomide cause bleeding to the back passage?

Not unless....: If the drug causes a low platelet count, it can cause or promote bleeding anywhere. I have not seen this in my rheumatology practice, having many arthritis and psoriasis patients on this! ...Read more

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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 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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