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Arava (Leflunomide) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients

 
 



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Below are Arava (Leflunomide) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 3 ratings/reviews, Arava has an overall score of 6. The effectiveness score is 7.33 and the side effect score is 6.67. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Arava review by 72 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   arthritis
Dosage & duration:   10mg taken 1 daily for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   Lupus
Other drugs taken:   Remicade
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Good I am able to walk better. My hips do not very much now.
Side effects:   Hair loss Extreem and I am having skin problems since i have been taking Arava.This has caused me to be very depressed.
Comments:   I take one arava tabs. each morning.It works very well. I can tell a big difference in my body since taking the arava.

 

Arava review by 53 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   rheumatoid arthritis
Dosage & duration:   20mg taken once daily for the period of over 2 years
Other conditions:   sjogren's syndrome, hashimoto's thyroiditis
Other drugs taken:   armour thyroid, orencia
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I added this medication 8 months after I began monthly infusions of Orencia. Orencia alone gave mild improvement in symptoms of severe rheumatoid arthritis. (I had extensive and severe joint pain and inflammation, severe edema in legs due to knee inflammation, and had very limited mobility.) Within 6-8 weeks of beginning Leflunomide (and still continuing Orencia), symptoms began to decrease significantly, and my lab values improved dramatically. As I write this I have very little pain and inflammation, and much more mobility than before - even considering the joint damage I've sustained. Recently, I tried reducing my dose of Leflunomide to 10 mg/day. After 4-6 weeks or so, I began to have more symptoms. When I resumed the 20mg/day dose, symptoms decreased dramatically again - in about 6-8 weeks.
Side effects:   I have some GI distress, but am not sure if it's directly due to Leflunomide or to a long history of taking RA medications which also negative have GI effects. I had a very serious eye infection last year which resulted in corneal scarring and loss of much vision in one eye. It's very possible that my immune-suppressed condition (Leflunomide and Orencia)resulted in a more serious infection and slower healing time than if I were not on immunosuppressants.
Comments:   One pill a day with dinner!

 

Arava review by 66 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   RA and Ankylizing Spondolitis
Dosage & duration:   20 mg taken once daily for the period of 6 weeks
Other conditions:   crohn's
Other drugs taken:   diclofinac
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   diclofinac has helped with the pain and swelling of joints.Lefluonomide, for me, had no noticible benefits.
Side effects:   Nausea, weakness leg and feet cranps shortness of breath rapid heart rate. After a short time I discontinued the medicine, symptoms held on for three more days, Still not feeling well but there has been mild improvement
Comments:   see side effects
 


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