DRUGS & SUPPLEMENTS
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This medication, with the generic name of Arava, is specially formulated to provide physical relief from inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain as caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Arava acts by stopping the production of too much immune cells causing inflammation and swelling in the body.
Arava is prescribed to patients showing signs of rheumatism as listed below:
It is best to have a discussion with your doctor prior to taking Arava as there may be cases when it is not advisable to take the drug. Let your doctor know of any allergy from food, preservatives, dyes, or other substances, and if you are experiencing medical conditions such as:
Disease of the immune system
Serious infections - this drug may lessen the body's ability to combat infection
Liver disease including Hepatitis B or C
Renal disease - May increase the chance of side effects
Arava is not safe for use by pregnant women. It contains chemicals that may be harmful to the unborn baby and may result to birth defects. Women of childbearing age are also suggested to use only safe and reliable contraceptives before incurring this medication.
It is uncertain if Arava passes into breast milk. Nonetheless, nursing moms are not advised to take this drug.
Children, 18 years of age and below, are prohibited of taking Arava though there is not enough information provided as to its effects compared with other age groups. Likewise, it is not known how Arava works for the elderly as it has not been specifically studied for older adults. Various side effects and other problems may arise.
Men taking Arava are also recommended to use condoms during sexual intercourse as a form of birth control. No study has been done to answer as to how Arava may affect children of men taking the drug at the time of conception. In case you decide to father a child, have a talk with your doctor and stop this medication.
Average oral dosage for rheumatoid arthritis:
Adults - 100mg once a day for three days, then 20mg once a day
Children - Dosage is decided by the doctor
Arava must be taken as indicated in the label. However, the dose may differ from every patient. Do not change the dose unless directed by your doctor.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Should you forget to take the scheduled dosage until the following day, skip it and proceed with the next one. Arava must not be double dosed.
If symptoms of Overdosage are suspected, consult your doctor for the proper medical action.
Consult your doctor if you experience any of these unwanted effects
Bloody or cloudy urine
Difficult, burning, or painful urination
Difficulty or pain in breathing
Frequent urge to urinate
Loss of appetite
Nausea and / or vomi ting
Yellow eyes and / or skin
Burning feeling in the chest or stomach
Burning, prickling, or tingling sensation in the fingers and / or toes
Joint or muscle pain or stiffness
Severe stomach pain
Shortness of breath
Tenderness in the stomach area
Unusual tiredness or weakness
Other side effects may likely arise. These are expected as the body adjusts to the medication. However, should these conditions continue to be bothersome, see your doctor.
Unexplained weight loss
Irritation or soreness of the mouth
Pain or burning in the throat
Red or irritated eyes
For other side effects that you may experience and is not included in the list, talk with your doctor.
Arava Drug Interactions
Refrain from drinking alcohol while taking this medication. It can increase the chance of having liver problems.
Do not have immunizations or vaccinations without consulting your doctor first while under medication or after treatment of Arava Sanis Health.
Tell your doctor if you are taking other prescribed or over-the-counter medicines. Change of dose or additional precautions may be necessary.
Depending on the reaction of the Arava after taken, if you are feeling dizziness, drowsiness or any weakness as a reaction on your body, Then consider Arava not safe to drive or operate heavy machine after consumption. Meaning that, do not drive or operate heavy duty machines after taking the capsule if the capsule has a strange reaction on your body like dizziness, drowsiness. As prescribed by a pharmacist, it is dangerous to take alcohol while taking medicines as it exposed patients to drowsiness and health risk. Please take note of such effect most especially when taking Primosa capsule. It's advisable to consult your doctor on time for a proper recommendation and medical consultations.Is Arava addictive or habit forming?
Medicines are not designed with the mind of creating an addiction or abuse on the health of the users. Addictive Medicine is categorically called Controlled substances by the government. For instance, Schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US are controlled substances.
Please consult the medicine instruction manual on how to use and ensure it is not a controlled substance.In conclusion, self medication is a killer to your health. Consult your doctor for a proper prescription, recommendation, and guidiance.
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The information was verified by Dr. Rachana Salvi, MD Pharmacology