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    What is Leflunomide used for?

    Leflunomide is a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug that is used to treat arthritis. It improves rheumatoid arthritis symptoms such as joint swelling and tenderness. Also, Leflunomide slows the progression of joint damage and improves physical function. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Leflunomide?

    The dosage of Leflunomide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    What if you miss a dose of Leflunomide?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Leflunomide medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Leflunomide?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Leflunomide, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are blood problems, liver problems, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

    What other drugs could interact with Leflunomide?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Leflunomide.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Leflunomide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Leflunomide can interact with drugs that depress the immune system and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Leflunomide?

    Like other medicines, Leflunomide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Leflunomide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Leflunomide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Leflunomide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Leflunomide can cause side effects such as diarrhea, hair loss, sore throat, headache, dizziness, skin rash, and weakness. Some of the serious side effects of this drug include fever, trouble breathing, dark urine, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Leflunomide.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Leflunomide?

    Is it possible for me to take Leflunomide with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Leflunomide?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Leflunomide?
    How will Leflunomide work in my body?
    How should Leflunomide be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Leflunomide drug interactions and side effects?

    Note

    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Leflunomide is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. While taking this drug, avoid immunization with live vaccines. Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions: kidney or liver diseases, blood disorders, any allergies, and severe immune system disorders. Store Leflunomide at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

     

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