What This Medication Is And How It’s Going To Help Your Condition To Get Better?
The generic name for the medication Arava is (leflunomide). Arava is able to have an effect on the immune system and it can reduce the amount of swelling and inflammation inside the body. Its primary use is to help treat different symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. There are other purposes for this drug not mentioned here, but these uses are decided by a doctor who would have experience with giving it out for another purpose.
What are some of the potential serious side effects a person might be at risk for if they decide to use this drug treatment for their condition?
Signs of infection – sudden weakness or ill feeling, fever, chills, sore throat, mouth sores, red or swollen gums, trouble swallowing;
Sudden chest pain or discomfort, wheezing, dry cough, feeling short of breath;
Easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands or feet;
Liver problems – nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tiredness, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
Severe skin reaction – fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
What are some of the more common potential side effects a person might be at risk for if they use this drug treatment for their condition?
Nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain
Abnormal liver function tests
High blood pressure
As far as side effects go it’s going to be important for you to understand what might make you more prone to them and what to do about it. In many cases a person who uses one drug is likely using another for some other condition they have. In order to keep the risk down it’s going to be very important for you to let a doctor know about any and all medications you are taking. What they will typically do is ask questions geared at trying to decide how safe it is or isn’t to give you a medication. Here are some of the questions:
How do you react to using the other medications you are on? Do you have side effects using those other medications and if so just how serious are they? How long do they last and how long have you been on these medications? If you’re having problems with other drugs then this is a cause for concern.
How serious are the other medications you are taking? Not all drugs are created equal and in many cases you might be using a drug that’s really strong. One that you have to take. When this is the case then the chances for negative interactions becomes stronger and stronger. In order to control risk a doctor might have to decide to give you something else if they feel it’s safer for you.
How frequently might you use recreational drugs? You won’t get in legal trouble for answering this question, but you will have to tell a doctor about recreational drug use. If you use such drugs then these can cause problems for you. You will either have to reduce recreational drug use or stop it altogether. Not only this, but recreational drug use can interfere with a drugs ability to work for you the way it’s supposed to. So you won’t be getting the full benefit of that drug.
The goal is to keep you safe while using Arava or any medication. So don’t be afraid to divulge any needed information to a doctor. All of the answers you give are used in order to formulate the best course of action for you short term and long term.