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Arava Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Arava is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It reduces the pain, stiffness, inflammation, and swelling that are associated with this disease, and also improves physical function, and staves off the joint damage.

Arava Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is one 100-milligram tablet daily.
  • Arava is not recommended for children less than 18 years old.

Uses of Arava

  • Arava is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis that may cause pain, stiffness, inflammation and swelling.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Arava

Before taken Arava medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Arava. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Indigestion
  • Joint disorders
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Respiratory infection
  • Sore throat

Warnings and precautions before taking Arava:

  • If you are using Arava, then it may cause rare but serious skin reactions. So if you develop a skin rash or eruption, then you should stop taking Arava and contact your doctor immediately.
  • If you have kidney problems. So you should be used this medicine with extra caution. Because poor kidney function can increase the amount of Arava in your system.
  • Before using this medication, you should consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you have severe immune system disorder, bone marrow problems, uncontrolled infections.
  • You should tell your doctor your medical history such as any allergies, kidney or liver diseases, blood disorders.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Arava with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Arava with the following:

  • Cholestyramine
  • Methotrexate
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Rifampin
  • Tolbutamide
Overdose

After taken Arava if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Arava overdose include

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anemia
  • Blood disorders
  • Diarrhea
  • Liver problems


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