Leflunomide, which is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD), belongs to a class of medications called antimetabolites. It inhibits the synthesis of a substance responsible for causing inflammation to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Leflunomide is taken orally as tablets. The usual dose is 100 mg once daily for 3-5 days, followed by 20 mg once daily, which can be reduced to 10 mg if not tolerated.
Common dosing schedule:
Leflunomide can be taken with or without food.
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Leflunomide may interact with:
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
In Hong Kong, Leflunomide is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
Need more information?
For detailed information about the use of Leflunomide in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.
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