Arava 20 mg
- Brand: sanofi-aventis
- Product Code: SN_ARV20
- Availability: In Stock
Contain the active ingredient : Leflunomide, which is a type of medicine called a disease-modifiying antirheumatic drug (DMARD). It is mainly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is known as an autoimmune disease. The inflammation and damage to the joints in this disease result from overactivity in the immune system. Leflunomide works by suppressing the excessive activity of the immune system and modifying the process of inflammation. This actually slows progression of the underlying disease.
It is not understood exactly how leflunomide works. However, it is known that it prevents the activation and multiplication of white blood cells known as lymphocytes, which are responsible for causing inflammation.
By preventing the activation of these lymphocyte cells, blood levels of certain inflammatory chemicals that the body's immune system produces in rheumatoid arthritis are reduced. Once these have fallen, the inflammation of the joints lessens, which helps relieve the pain.
You should not expect this medicine to start to reduce the pain in your joints for at least four to six weeks after starting treatment, because it can take this long to start working. However, your symptoms may then continue to improve for the next four to six months of treatment. After this you will then usually have to continue taking the medicine long-term to keep your arthritis under control.
What is it used for?
- Moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis.
- A form of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis that can occur in people with the skin condition psoriasis.
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