How it works
Arava is an immunosuppresant that supresses the immune system.
Guidelines for Usage
Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.
Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.
Usually the dosage is reduced once in 3 days.
Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.
NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.
It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.
Do not panic if you have missed a dose.
Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.
How and where do i store Arava
The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.
Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.
Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.
If you accidentally consume more medication than what was prescribed, then contact an emergency healthcare center immediately.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions
Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.
Ensure that you mention the following:
• Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
• All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
• Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
• Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.
To be avoided
You must avoid using Arava if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
No. Arava may cause liver problems if alcohol is consumed during treatment.
Additional Information Arava
Vaccines must be avoided completely while you are using Arava for treatmen
Arava can weaken the immune system and also cause liver damage. If you have cancer, bone marrow problems, severe infections or AIDS then avoid the drug or speak to your doctor about an alternative form of therapy.
Some people develop a skin rash, small blisters over a large portion of the body, or lesions around the eyes, mouth, or throat. If you notice this, then contact your doctor immediately.
Arava must not be used in children as it is unsure whether Arava is safe in children below 18 years of age.
Information for Pregnant Women
Arava must not be used during pregnancy. If the doctor has prescribed arava for you, then you must obtain a negative pregnancy test prior to starting treatment. Also, once treatment is complete, a flush procedure must be carried out to remove any traces of the drug from your system.
Report the following side effects to your doctor only if they become bothersome or do not stop on their own
· Back pain; bronchitis; diarrhea; dizziness; dry skin; hair loss; headache; increased cough; indigestion; joint disorder; loss of appetite; muscle aches; nausea; runny nose; sinus infection; upper respiratory tract infection; urinary tract infection; vomiting; weakness; weight loss.
The following side effects require immediate medical attention. So report these to your doctor immediately.
· Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blistering or peeling skin; blisters on the inside of eyes, nose, or mouth; chest pain; dark urine; easy bruising/bleeding; feelings of numbness or tingling; fever; infection; muscle cramps, including leg cramps; pale skin; pale stools; sore throat; stomach pain; unusual tiredness; vomiting; yellowing of the eyes or skin.