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Arava

POM
Read time: 28 mins
Last updated: 06 May 2020
Published: 11 May 2021

4.1 Therapeutic indications

Leflunomide is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with:

• active rheumatoid arthritis as a "disease-modifying antirheumatic drug" (DMARD),

• active psoriatic arthritis.

Recent or concurrent treatment with hepatotoxic or haematotoxic DMARDs (e.g. methotrexate) may result in an increased risk of serious adverse reactions; therefore, the initiation of leflunomide treatment has to be carefully considered regarding these benefit/risk aspects.

Moreover, switching from leflunomide to another DMARD without following the washout procedure (see section 4.4) may also increase the risk of serious adverse reactions even for a long time after the switching.

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