dear dear Nin-Nac,
in my Drug Reference Guide there's nifty stuff about Arava (leflunomide) : DMARD
it slows progression of RA, decreases RA pain & inflammation. has biliary metabolism; excreted in urine & feces.
do NOT get live vaccine injections!
headache; sinusitis; respiratory infection; diarrhea; nausea; liver enzyme increase; alopecia; rash; weight loss.
concurrent use with MTX may cause risk of hepatoxicity.
loading dose is usually 100mg daily for 3 days. maintanance of 20mg/day if tolerable.
tablets come in 10, 20 and 100mg. from my book...they are a little pricey. says 10mg tabs are at cost $244.80 for 30 pills. insurance i am sure helps a lot.
you're gonna need plenty of ALT & AST liver panel blood labs done periodically.
also might cause dizziness.
Active, Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Pred 20mg prn; Pentasa 4G daily; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid 4mg; Diazepam 5mg; Avinza 60mg; Reglan; Meclizine; LidoDerm; MiraLax & too many others.