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Teriflunomide Oral tablet
What is this medicine?TERIFLUNOMIDE treats multiple sclerosis. It can decrease the number of flare-ups. This medicine is not a cure.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- high blood pressure
- immune system problems
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- low blood cell counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
- lung or breathing disease, like asthma
- recently received or scheduled to receive a vaccine
- skin conditions or sensitivity
- tingling of the fingers or toes, or other nerve disorder
- an unusual or allergic reaction to teriflunomide, other medicines, food, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often that directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
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 may interact with this medicine?Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- birth control pills
- certain medicines for diabetes like repaglinide, rosiglitazone, pioglitazone
- certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
- live virus vaccines
- medicines that lower your chance of fighting infection
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
This medicine may stay in your body for up to 2 years after your last dose. Tell your doctor about any unusual symptoms. If you're a woman, do not get pregnant for at least 2 years after your last dose. If you do get pregnant, tell your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe a medicine to hep lower your blood levels of teriflunomide more quickly.
You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- change in the amount of urine
- chest pain or chest tightness
- dark urine
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
- light-colored stools
- loss of appetite, nausea
- low blood counts - this medicine may decrease the number of white blood cells and platelets. You may be at increased risk for infections and bleeding.
- pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet that is different from your multiple sclerosis symptoms
- redness, blistering, peeing or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
- right upper belly pain
- signs of decreased platelets or bleeding - bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin, black, tarry stools, blood in urine
- signs of infection - fever or chills, cough, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine
- unusually weak or tired
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
- hair loss
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store between 20 to 25 degrees C (68 to 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.