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Lefumide 10 mg


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SKU 585
Generic For Arava
Generic Name Leflunomide
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About the drug: 

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which several issues around the joints of the body develop. Leflunomide is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and help you move better. The active ingredient in the drug is Leflunomide.

Uses of the drug:

The main purpose for which the medicine is prescribed is to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps in improving physical functioning by reducing joint damage.

Working of the drug:

Leflunomide works by affecting the immune system and thereby reducing inflammation and swelling in the body.


Lefumide is manufactured by Cipla. The drugs are available on our website under various pack sizes. To buy Lefumide-10 mg online visit alldaychemist.com

Dosage form and strengths:

The drug is available in the form of tablets under the following brand name and strength on our website:

  • Lefumide-10 mg

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Before you take the drug:

Do not take the drug if you:

  • Are allergic to the main ingredient Leflunomide or any other ingredient of the drug
  • Are pregnant or planning to be pregnant soon
  • Are breast feeding your baby unless prescribed by your doctor

Tell your doctor if you:

  • Have liver disease or hepatitis
  • Have kidney disease
  • Have nerve problems such as neuropathy
  • Have a severe infection
  • Have a history of tuberculosis
  • Have a bone marrow disorder or weak immune system


How much to take the drug?

The recommended dose depends on several factors such as your age, weight, severity of conditions, drug interaction etc. The dose is prescribed after examining you thoroughly. Generally 10 mg is prescribed initially for the first three days and then the dose is subsequently increased to 20 mg. If there is any side effect that is noticed after the dose is increased then the dose is again reduced to 10 mg.

It may take up to four weeks of therapy before any improvement of arthritis can be noticed.

How to take the drug?

The drug can be taken with or without food mostly once a day or as per the instruction of the doctor. It is to be taken with the help of water.

For how long to take it?

The medicine is to be taken for the prescribed period to get the maximum benefit and should not be stopped mid way. After the treatment is over, a different medicine may be given so as to help remove leflunomide from your body without which the drug may stay in your body for almost 2 years.


Overdose symptoms may include stomach pain, diarrhoea, easy bruising or bleeding, jaundice or dark urine. You must get in touch with your doctor if such side effects because of overdose persist for long.

Miss dose:

In case of miss dose take the dose immediately upon remembering. However, do not double dose to make up the mixed dose.

Side effects of the drug:

Common side effects may include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Abnormal liver function tests
  • Nausea, upset stomach
  • Headache
  • Thinning hair
  • Cold symptoms such as sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing
  • Rash

Call your doctor at once if you develop serious side effects such as:

  • Fever, body aches, swollen glands, flu symptoms;
  • Pale skin, bleeding;
  • Loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, jaundice, dark urine,
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands or feet;
  • Severe skin reaction--fever, swelling in your face or tongue, skin pain, burning in your eyes, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes peeling and blistering,
  • New or worsening cough, trouble breathing.

Common drug interactions:

It is important to tell your doctor about the medicines that you are taking currently so that he can check for drug interaction. Some of the drugs which may interact with the medicine are:

  • Cholestyramine;
  • Rifampin, or other tuberculosis medicine;
  • Aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol);
  • Antiviral or HIV/AIDS medication;
  • An antibiotic, antifungal medicine, or sulfa drug;
  • Hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills
  • Medicine to treat mental illness;
  • Arthritis or gout
  • Heart or blood pressure medication;
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Cholesterol-lowering medication--Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor, Vytorin, and others;
  • Cancer medication; or
  • Seizure medication--carbamazepine, phenytoin, valproic acid, and others.

The above list is not a complete list of drugs which may interact. There are other medicines also.


Things to remember:

  • While using leflunomide it is advisable not to use a "live" vaccine.
  • It is better to stay away from people who have flu, cold or any other contagious disease.
  • The drug may make you feel dizzy. Hence, it is advisable not to take part in activities that requires you to be alert.
  • The medicine may increase the risk of developing serious infections. It is advisable to wash your hands well so as to prevent spreading o infections.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverage when you are taking the medicine as it may make you feel dizzy and there are chances of other side effects as well.
  • You must not share your medicines with anyone even if the person is suffering from the same symptoms.
  • Store the medicine in a clean, dry and a dark place away from heat, light and moisture and also out of reach of the children.
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