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On Arava for rheumatoid arthritis. Side effects ?

Hi, I am on arava for rheumatoid arthritis.Can it have a side effect of eating away at muscles.My hands seem to have sunken in,i got bunions.it seemed muscle sunk on my feet and I notice on my arms it seems as if it effects muscle.do you have any info on this thank you
.How safe is arava. should I take arava or methotrexate.
Asked On : Thu, 19 Sep 2013
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hello friend
arava is a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. it contains leflunomide... it has side effects like diarrhea,nausea and diziness
other side effects include cough, numbness, tingling of hands or feet, hair loss, fast heart beat, muscle cramp. increased thirst, urination etc...
also some more serious allergic reactions are observed so please consult your doctor if you find any of such side effects..
again methotrexate is given in rheumatoid arthritis but its dose is specific and you should always consult your doctor before taking it. certain precautions and contraindications and also the side effects of this drug has to be taken in mind so please do consult your doctor..
hope it helps
Answered: Thu, 19 Sep 2013
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