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Definition - What does Arava mean?

Arava, also known as Leflunomide, is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. If successful it reduces the pain, swelling, and joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, like other autoimmune conditions, allows for the immune system to attack the healthy tissue in an individual's joints. Arava potentially lowers inflammation and weakens the immune system.

Side-effects of Arava

As with most medications there can be severe side-effects of using Arava. Common side-effects can include dizziness, diarrhea, and nausea. Other more severe side-effects can include numbness in feet and hands, chest pain, increased blood pressure, swollen lymph nodes, unusual weight loss, increased heart beat, vision problems, muscle cramping, jaundice, encephalopathy, brain disease, blood clotting issues, joint disorder, blisters on the inside of eyelids, nose or mouth, and severe mood swings.

Personal injury and Arava

Unfortunately, Arava has caused severe liver injury and death in some users. Personal injury lawyers launched an investigation into Arava (leflunomide), the rheumatoid arthritis drug sold by Sanofi-Aventis, several years ago. Starting in 2010, the FDA required the drug to contain additional information on its packaging outlining the dangers of severe liver injury in patients using this drug. Specifically, patients with any type of pre-existing liver disease should not take leflunomide.


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