Has anyone taken Liflunomide if so did it help? My RA Dr changed me for METHOTREXATE to this new med today little nervous about it
My Rheumatologist put me on Leflunomide 10mg. last October and 3 days later all my pain and swelling went away. I thought this had to be a miracle drug, but my doctor said, no, it does not work that fast. She explained it was a combination of the Methotrexate,15mg weekly & Hydroxychlor 200mg plus folic acid. I have experienced no flares since then, and no side effects from the Leflunomide. All in all, it took 10 months for the drugs to become effective. Do not be discouraged if it takes months before you find relief. All is worth it.
I started Leflunomide last year. It took my inflammation way down and I had no side effects. I have tried adding Methotrexate and I had side effects that were worse than my symptoms, so I dropped it. Getting ready to try Humira this week. But everyone is different. I have learned that what works for one person may not work for another. You just have to keep trying until you find your best concoction. Best of luck.
All the meds have side effects. It's just a matter of finding one that works for you with the least amount of side effects. I was put on it after mtx but after my third drug they have decided I cannot tolerate these strong meds I know someone else who is on it with great success and very little side effects. Give it a go and good luck
@A myRAteam Member, I don't know anything about the new medication you'll be starting. But I will pray that you have optimal results with minimal side effects. Blessings to you.
Yes I took Luflonimide for a few months. That is the first medication they started me on. I was doing pretty good on it the first month. Then they switched me to methotrexate....then months later back to luflonimide. The second go around with the Luflonimide was not good for me. It made me extremely sick in my stomach and nauseated. Not sure if it's because my stomach was a total mess from the methptrexate. or what. Give it a try....the worst side effects are really lack of appetite and stomach upset. It may work. Good luck. I'm startig Humira today and really nervous. It's not fun living with RA. All these medications we have to take it's really scary.. Luflonimide is the generic for Arava. It's a DMARD drug class same as methotrexate. I really hope it helps you. Keep us posted. ((hugs))
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