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Side effects of Leflunomide (Arava)
Stephen Paget, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

Date Added: 05/16/13

Do have potential side effects. One is, it's an immunosuppressive drug, so it can increase the risk of infection. It can cause liver inflammation, so it has to be monitored carefully, every month or so. It can suppress the bone marrow and so it has to be monitored in that way as well.
Dr. Stephen Paget, MD, was the Physician-in-Chief and Chairman of the Division of Rheumatology at Hospital For Special Surgery and the Joseph P. Routh Professor of Medicine and Rheumatic Disease at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the New York Presbyterian Hospital for fifteen years and is now the Physician-in-Chief Emeritus.
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