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Arava (Leflunomide) treats rheumatoid arthritis and helps lessen the occurrence of joint damage by decreasing inflammation and reducing immune system activity.

Brand Name : Arava
Active Ingredients : Leflunomide
Manufacturer : Sanofi-Aventis
Country of Origin : New Zealand
Intended Patient : Unisex

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Arava (Leflunomide) treats rheumatoid arthritis and helps lessen the occurrence of joint damage by decreasing inflammation and reducing immune system activity. This drug is often classified as a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) or an immunomodulatory agent. Its main mechanism of action involves blocking the enzyme which is needed for the synthesis of pyrimidines. By interfering with this process, it can help to limit or block the spread of white blood cells called lymphocytes. These cells play a central role in the immune system`s defenses, and affecting their multiplication leads to suppression of the immune system.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes structural damage to the joints, which can often impair the function of the body. It is a progressive disease which can have a significant impact on the quality of life. Treatment with this drug can reduce the clinical signs of RA as well as decreasing the physical damage caused to the joints, which can help the patient to move better. This is due to it modifying and affecting the immune response, as excess immune system activity is believed to be responsible for causing RA. Research has also pointed to anti-inflammatory effects and antiproliferative action, which serve to further benefit treatment.

Clinical studies have taken place in which prominent researchers examined further potential uses for this medicine. These studies examined its effects if used for ankylosing spondylitis, peripheral arthritis, psoriasis in those suffering from psoriatic arthritis, sarcoidosis, preventing the rejection of a transplanted organ and other medical disorders which are not referenced here. However, further research may be needed before it can be deemed effective for any other conditions, and currently it is only used for rheumatoid arthritis.

Dosage and Administration

Arava (Leflunomide) tablets come in the 10mg strength variety. When treatment is commencing for the first time, a loading dose may be required for the first 3 days, meaning that your physician will tell you to start with a higher than normal amount of medicine. This is to help ensure that steady state plasma levels can be achieved. In the absence of a loading dose, it may take considerably longer to achieve the required plasma concentrations of medicine. Generally, patients will be directed by their physician to take 100mg once per day for 3 days for the loading dose. After this, the daily dose will be substantially reduced and the patient will be instructed to take 10mg to 20mg per day for maintenance treatment. Make sure that you comply with all dosing instructions that your physician gives you.

Side effects

Reactions caused by Arava (Leflunomide) could include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Poor appetite
  • Body weight reduction
  • Stomach or digestive discomfort
  • Symptoms resembling the common cold

Remain in regular contact with your physician and report all side effects you experience. You must immediately cease taking this medicine and seek medical help straight away if you notice soreness when passing urine, skin blisters, coughing or any severe side effects which have not been referenced in this paragraph.


Arava (Leflunomide) has been associated with serious liver damage which has the potential to threaten the life of the patient. People with liver problems may be more at risk of this. Talk about this with your physician before beginning treatment.

Under no circumstances should this medicine be used while pregnant. Physicians may require a negative pregnancy test before allowing treatment to commence.

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