LEFLUNOMIDE: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “I have been on this medicine for only 1 week. Every day I am feeling worse, not better. I have zero energy, I have a general feeling of discomfort, headache, clammy and more pain than before I started. I kept thinking this would go away, but after reading some other reviews I don’t think I want to wait for the rash, high BP and hair loss. Calling my Dr tomorrow!”

Cat (taken for less than 1 month) March 13, 2018

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “Started Leflunomide on 12/8/17 (and it worked well for my RA). By 1/24/18 I had an intense itchy red rash all over my upper body and extreme dehydration in my mouth, making it almost impossible to talk clearly. I stopped Leflunomide on 1/27/18 and went to a dermatologist. Biopsies on the eruptions (red blotches that gradually turn into peeling skin) showed a form of eczema that was treated with a topical ointment. Today (3/11/18) the rash is still prevalent and now appears on my legs, with newer rashes on my hands and wrists. No idea how long this eczema will last but it’s not pretty and is extremely itchy. Unfortunately, neither my rheumatologist, dermatologist nor my primary physician can explain the dehydration so I’m drinking about a gallon of water daily to alleviate the dryness in my mouth. I can see evidence of dehydration on my skin. I need to know how long these symptoms will last.”

disney453 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 11, 2018

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “I was diagnosed a year ago in December. I started on Methotrexate (initially supplemented with prednisone). This combination worked well- I regained almost full ROM and most pain was gone. After 5 months on this, I developed constant daily nausea, vomiting, then dizziness, mouth sores, tinnitus (which I still have 4 months after discontinuing the drug), and liver damage. I went off this, fought with my ins. company for 4 months, and finally went on Leflunomide 2 weeks ago. In the last 2 days, I have now developed even more severe mouth ulcers, nausea, vomiting, chills and flu symptoms, and am becoming increasingly dizzy as the days progress. I stopped taking this yesterday. The pain of RA is severe, but the treatment has been so much worse”

Foxy_Shari (taken for less than 1 month) October 20, 2017

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “This medicine did nothing to help with Sjogren’s syndrome or other connective tissue issues. The major side effect I had was major loss of hair. Had to stop after 3 months due to such significant hair loss and no positive benefit.”

Madalinep (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 9, 2017

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “I have been in Arava 20mg a day for ten years for my Mixed Tissue Connective Disease . I am pain free! It has made my blood pressure go up a bit, but medicine takes care of that. I also get heartburn from the medicine but Omeprazole takes care of that. All in all it is an amazing medicine that has given me back my quality of life.”

Janinemc (taken for 10 years or more) October 3, 2017

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “It has helped with inflammation and pain to a degree, but not enough to negate some of the side effects. Diarrhea, to being “very regular” was tolerable, but the pneumonia was not. Have been experiencing otitis media for almost 3 weeks, and the onset anxiety has been keeping me awake/waking me up several times a night. To be fair, I do not tolerate meds very well at all (maybe being a redhead/drug interaction issue), so hopefully a different result for others. Not sure if I truly want to stop or not as it did help with the pain initially, and possibly more if I stay on it.”

Markwr (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 22, 2017

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