Due to infections, my rheumatologist took me off of Cimzia and Methotrexate. She prescribed Leflunomide.
Do any of you take and for how long?
What side effects do you have?
The leaflet from the pharmacy is scary. So many side effects.
i haven't had any side affects. Try taking Leflunomide at a different time in the day from the time you usually do. I take mine at 5pm
As I was building my dose to get up to 20 mg per day, the leflunomide was giving we horrible headaches. My Rheumatologist dropped my dose back down & very slowly built it up to 20 mg over several months. At that rate It took longer to get to the desired dosage , but I'm glad we gave it a good try. It's the first Med I've been on, MTX included , that has helped my pain & fatigue. I had some GI upset with it as I was building the dose, but it eventually went away.
I have been taking Leflunomide for about a year. I am dealing with diarrhea from the Leflunomide every day! It's not been much fun. Also I lost about 20 pounds. I am going to stop taking it
I'm pretty sure all RA meds come with at least 3 pages of possible side effects. It' is scary. You just have to take a gamble and hope it relieves your symptoms & doesn't cause side effects that are too much to handle. My meds came with 5 pages. i'm doing great, no side effects. If your meds cause problems you can always switch to something else. There are lots of different meds to treat RA. Good luck!
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