What should I know before taking this drug
Additional information if any
Leflunomide is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
What is leflunomide?
Leflunomide is an antirheumatic drug. (Disease modifying anti rheumatic drug (DMARD’s))
How to use leflunomide
Take leflunomide as directed by your doctor with or with out food. Take this medication regularly to better results.
If you do not understand the instructions ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
You have compromised immunity system
You have liver problems
Leflunomide should not be used in children as its safety and effectiveness is not established.
Leflunomide belongs to FDA pregnancy category X. This means that leflunomide will cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. The use of this drug in pregnancy clearly outweighs any possible benefit. Do not use leflunomide if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Leflunomide passes into breast milk and harm nursing baby. Do not use leflunomide if you are breastfeeding your child.
Doses for leflunomide
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
Following are the common side effects for leflunomide
- Headache, dizziness
- Stomach pain
- Weight loss
- Diarrhea, Nausea
Consult your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects
- Serious allergic reactions like rash, swelling
- Difficult in breathing
- Severe dizziness
Store leflunomide at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C / 59 – 86 degrees F). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any left over portion is disposed off safely.
Do not take live vaccine while taking leflunomide and avoid coming into contact with any one who has taken live vaccine.
After you stop taking leflunomide, your physician may prescribe other medication to remove leflunomide completely from the body.
Leflunomide affect liver adversely. Your health care provider monitor liver function tests while taking this medication.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 10, 2012