Generic Name: leflunomide, Oral tablet


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Highlights for leflunomide

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LEFLUNOMIDE (le FLOO na mide) is for rheumatoid arthritis.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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leflunomide Side Effects

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Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:\n\n -allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue\n -cough\n -difficulty breathing or shortness of breath\n -fever, chills or any other sign of infection\n -redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth\n -unusual bleeding or bruising\n -unusually weak or tired\n -vomiting\n -yellowing of eyes or skin \nSide effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):\n\n -diarrhea\n -hair loss\n -headache\n -nausea

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leflunomide May Interact with Other Medications

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Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:\n\n -teriflunomide \nThis medicine may also interact with the following medications:\n\n -charcoal\n -cholestyramine\n -methotrexate\n -NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen\n -phenytoin\n -rifampin\n -tolbutamide\n -vaccines\n -warfarin

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use leflunomide

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Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.\n\nTalk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:\n\n -alcoholism\n -bone marrow problems\n -fever or infection\n -immune system problems\n -kidney disease\n -liver disease\n -an unusual or allergic reaction to leflunomide, teriflunomide, other medicines, lactose, foods, dyes, or preservatives\n -pregnant or trying to get pregnant\n -breast-feeding

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need frequent blood checks while you are receiving the medicine.\n\nIf you get a cold or other infection while receiving this medicine, call your doctor or health care professional. Do not treat yourself. The medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection.\n\nIf you are a woman who has the potential to become pregnant, discuss birth control options with your doctor or health care professional. You must not be pregnant, and you must be using a reliable form of birth control. The medicine may harm an unborn baby. Immediately call your doctor if you think you might be pregnant.\n\nAlcoholic drinks may increase possible damage to your liver. Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.\n\nStore at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from moisture and light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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