A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Arava medication is available in Leflunomide 20mg and Leflunomide 10 mg. The suggested dosage of Arava Medication is Leflunomide 20mg once daily. For people who are at low risk of hepatotoxicity (liver injury) and myelosuppression (decreased bone marrow activity), it is suggested that they take Arava medication 'loading dosage' of 100 mg once every day for 3 days. Eventually, manage Leflunomide 20mg once daily. For people who are at a higher risk for hepatotoxicity or myelosuppression are suggested to take Arava medication with Leflunomide 20mg once every day without a 'loading dose.' Note that it might take 6 to 12 weeks after starting Arava medication before you see any changes. In case of missing a dose, consume the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take an extra dose to make up for the missed dose.
Arava medication contains the active ingredient Leflunomide, while inactive ingredients include:
Before taking Arava leflunomide, check with your doctor first and inform him if you have any other medical issues and are taking other medications. This medicine contains inactive ingredients, which may cause allergies or other problems. Contact your doctor immediately if you observe any other side effects mentioned above. Furthermore, Arava medication must not be consumed by pregnant women. It can harm the fetus.
The possible side effects of the Arava medication are: