Cleft 20 MG Tablet 10
Leflunomide is used for the management of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis and their symptoms. It helps in preventing or reducing the damage of the joint and improves the overall function of the joint.
Mode of drug action :
Leflunomide belongs to the class of anti-rheumatic agents. It acts on the immune system to reduce the inflammation and swelling in the body.
What are the common side effects?
The common leflunomide side effects are headache, nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, abnormal liver function tests, thinning hair, cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, etc.) and rash.
Pregnancy: Unsafe Breast feeding: Unsafe Alcohol: Unsafe Kidney dysfunction: Caution required Liver dysfunction: Caution required
Special precautions for safe use
• Do not take Cleft if a previous allergic response was seen with the use of leflunomide.
• Patients with severe liver or kidney problems, severely low blood proteins, weak immune system, bone marrow problems (i.e. lowered blood cells), and serious infections should not take Cleft.
• Cautious use of the medicine is required by the patients with lung diseases, and tuberculosis (TB). Ask a doctor for the precautions to be taken.
• Males who are looking for a baby should use this medicine cautiously. This is because of the chances of entry of Cleft into the semen.
• Women who are negative for pregnancy tests and are not breastfeeding the baby only should use this medicine.
• A regular monitoring of blood pressure, blood cells and liver function tests are required during Cleft therapy.
• This medicine is not recommended for children and adolescents aged less than 18 years.
What else should I know?
1. How long should males not have children while on treatment with leflunomide? Males using leflunomide should not attempt for children during the treatment and 3 months after the treatment.
2. Is driving safe after taking leflunomide? Leflunomide may impair concentration and the way you react. Check how you react and avoid driving for sometime after this medication in case you experience the side effects.
3. What is the dose of leflunomide medicine for rheumatoid arthritis? The usual leflunomide dose for the rheumatoid arthritis treatment is 10 – 20 mg, per day as a single dose. This dose may vary with the severity of your condition.
4. How long will it take for leflunomide drug to treat arthritis? It may take a minimum of 4 weeks to see an improvement in your condition. However, in some patients, this may be as long as 4-6 months. So, take the medicine regularly unless your prescription is changed.
5. Can I plan for pregnancy soon after stopping leflunomide medication? You should at first undergo a drug elimination process to clear off all leflunomide from your body and then can plan for pregnancy.