What is Arava 20 mg Tablet ?
Arava belongs to a group of medicines called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Arava 20 mg, manufactured by Sanofi Aventis, contains Leflunomide as active ingredient. It is a prescription arthritis medicine that should be used under proper medical guidance and advice. Do not share this medicine with others, and use Arava only for the indication prescribed.
When is Arava 20 Tablet prescribed ?
Arava (Leflunomide) is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (a condition in which the body’s defense system fails to recognize the body as itself and attacks the healthy tissues around the joints). It helps to reduce the joint damage/pain/swelling and helps you to move better.
How Does Arava (Leflunomide) 20 mg Tablet Work ?
Leflunomide prevents the activation and multiplication of white blood cells known as lymphocytes, which are responsible for causing inflammation. By preventing the activation of these lymphocyte cells, blood levels of certain inflammatory chemicals that the body’s immune system produces in rheumatoid arthritis are reduced. Once these have fallen, the inflammation of the joints lessens, which helps relieve the pain.
What are the adverse effects of Arava 20mg Tablets?
When you take Leflunomide Arthritis medicine, it’s important to be aware of changes in your body and how you feel. This medicine can cause some side effects. Side effects can range from mild to severe and the risk of getting side effects varies from person to person. The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur in medicines that contain Leflunomide:
Common Side Effects of Arava Tablet : Diarrhea; Nausea; Stomach pain; Loss of appetite; Weight loss; Headache; dizziness; Back pain; Numbness or tingling; Itching or skin rash; Runny or stuffy nose etc.
Serious Side Effects of Exemptia Injection : Chest pain; Fast or pounding heartbeat; Increased thirst or urination; Muscle cramps or pain; Vision changes; easy bruising or bleeding; Unusual growths or lumps; Swollen glands (lymph nodes) etc.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Leflunomide 20 mg tablets. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
What are the safety measures of Arava 20 mg ?
Before Taking Arava arthritis medication, it is important to understand all precautions or safety information associated with it. Follow the following prescription medicine precautions :
|Arava 20mg may be harmful for your baby during pregnancy. Take proper medical help in case you are pregnant, may be pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future.|
|For the safety of baby, it is recommended that women who are receiving Arava arthritis medicine after pregnancy, stop or not start breastfeeding. Arava may appear in high levels in breast milk and could potentially harm your nursing baby.|
|Your health care professional can check blood tests to regularly monitor your liver and kidney function, while you are taking Arava. It is also important to check your levels of blood cells and other substances in the blood.|
|Before taking this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to Arava; or if you have any other allergies. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Arava 20 mg Tablets.|
|There is no specific study, but no drinking is recommended during treatment with Arava arthritis medicines because it can cause dangerous side effects. So, consult your doctor before alcohol consumption.|
|If you use other prescription drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Arava Tablet may change. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that your pharmacist can help you prevent or manage drug interactions.|
|If you miss a dose of Arava 20mg, contact your pharmacist immediately to establish a new dosing schedule. Be careful not to take doses too close together because you might get side effects. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.|
|Do not take Arava after the use by (expiry) date printed on the pack. Do not take it if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.|
|During your treatment with Arava, it is very important for your doctor to know about your medical history if you have Kidney problems, liver problems, heart disease, triglycerides, diabetes or other health problems.|
What are the storage instructions for Arava 20 mg ?
Patients must properly store the drug to retain its quality and efficacy. Following storage instructions will be helpful in storing the drug in the best of manner.
- Store Arava tablets in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
• Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children and pets. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half meters above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
• Keep Arava in the original container, and keep the container closed tightly.
• Do not store Arava (Leflunomide) or any other medicine in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink. Do not leave it in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
• Consider storing your medications separately from your other family members. You can put them on a different shelf, or in a different cabinet or drawer.
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Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.