Is it ok to take both prednisone and arava (leflunomide) for ra?

Again, ask specialis. You are being treated for a specific medical problem, with two meds that each have signifacant effects and side effects. Certainly you ought not take any antninflammatory meds such as Aspirin or ibuprofen. Drink a lot of non-alcohol beverages, and call the treating physician to inform you have a headache, and follow his/her instructions.
Yes! I have many pts. On both drugs, but I never use more than 5mg of prednisone. I would use Methotrexate before Arava (leflunomide), but that combination has been used very successfully.

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I have ra, am taking leflunomide 20 mg, prednisone 2.5 and plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200 mg. I don't have ins. What will happen if I can't afford to continue my meds?

See below. Try going to your local hospital preferably county and go to the social work department and discuss the situation about your medications. Other options try getting some samples from your medical physician if he could contact the representative from the pharmaceutical company. Also contact the pharmaceutical company and see if they have any patient assistance programs and see if you qualify for them it is important to stay on your medications for your disease otherwise you'll have episodes of pain and further progression of your disease and disability good luck thank you.
Potential flare. Your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may flare if you have to stop all your meds. The Arava (leflunomide) and Plaquenil may not leave your system for a couple months, though. Would look in to the insurance exchanges through the federal government starting oct. 1, at www. Healthcare. Gov for insurance options.

I have rheumatoid arthritis, I take prednisone every 3rd day, leflunomide every day, and tramadohl for pain. Everynight around 2-3am, I wake up in terrible pain in my knees and hips. Sometimes includes my hand and finger joints. I have to take more tramad

The. The other side of these coin, has to do with whether you need additional treatment and whether the future of your disease is been controlled. If you have features of inflammation in your physical exam or in your blood test, or if your have signs in your x rays or MRI that may damage, like erosions. You may be a candidate for biologic therapy and that might lead you to a better control of your disease, and thus less symtoms.
The. The effective "treatment window" for your pain medications (tramadol or vicodin) is about 4 to 6 hours. If you take your last painkiller about the time you go to bed, you may simply be running out the clock on these particular medications. A longer-acting painkiller might get you through the night, or at least give you a couple more hours of sleep before you're awakened by your painful joints. Alternatively, a dose of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (celebrex, naproxen, ibuprofen, etc.) at bedtime might extend your sleep time. Ice and/or warm packs could be of benefit, too. Discuss your options with your doctor. He/she might have additional suggestions (e.g., changing your Prednisone dosage or schedule). I hope you find a solution to this problem soon!

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

Common combination. In rheumatoid arthritis Prednisone is given with a variety of other medication during therapy. We try to taper people off Prednisone because of its long term risks and side effects. Each medication has side effects including some of these: risk of infection, bone loss, osteoporosis, cataracts, weight gain with Prednisone and blood count and liver test with (leflunomide) generic name of arava.

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

Ok. ... To be honest, I have none of my RA pts on this regimine, but the most important thing is.
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.

Spinal fusion 9 weeks ago, RA 13yrs, on mtx, plaquinil & arava, (leflunomide) still not under control. Would biologics interefere with bone growth? Have bone stimulat

Perhaps. Several medications used to treat RA can interfere with bone growth. You should talk to both your rheumatologist and to your surgeon about what you are taking and whether it should be stopped or changed while your bones are fusing.

3 mos after alif of s1-l4, X-ray still doesn't show fusion. Can the fusion still happen? Using bone stimulator, but have sle/ra & on mtx, arava (leflunomide) & pla

Fusion. It still can fuse. How was lack of fusion evaluated? Wearing a rigid lso brace will assist.
Medications? Medications may be interfering. Nsaids were not mentioned, but their effect is controversial. Also? Bisphosphonate effect?
Yes. A fusion may still occur over the next 3 months. You may want to get a vitamin D level checked.

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.
Only. If there are specific side effects or it does not work!

Is arava (leflunomide) effective for rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes. Arava, (leflunomide) also called Leflunomide has been shown to help control rheumatoid arthritis, to decrease the inflammation and swelling and joint pain, and decreased joint damage.
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.