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popcorngirl
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   Posted 3/23/2016 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I just started using Leflunomide (4 days) after trying Plaquenil and Methotrexate. Has anyone experienced any side effects from the Leflunomide and when did they start?

couchtater
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   Posted 3/23/2016 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Leflunomide for almost a year now. I've had no side effects and it has helped my hands a great deal.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

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popcorngirl
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   Posted 3/23/2016 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks couchtater! I appreciate the response.
My RA issue is rather unique as my only joint that flares is the right knuckle under the index finger. It's been over a year now, which has included 5 cortisone shots in various areas in and around the knuckle, a topical gel anti-inflammatory, and 3 medications. With the pain I experience I no longer can use my right hand as I'm a tennis instructor. The impact of the ball hitting the racket absolutely kills! It's very frustrating and I'm in hopes the Leflunomide will soon give me relief.
Have you ever heard anyone experience the same situation?

couchtater
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   Posted 3/23/2016 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
My pains started in my knuckles. I was an elementary teacher and I had to tap out the pace of the children reading together. Some days I was almost in tears from the shock of stick hitting the table vibrating through my hand.

I still have some pains there when I hold a pencil but nothing like it used to be.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))
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