What is leflunomide and why is it prescribed?
Leflunomide is a type of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). It dampens down the underlying disease process, rather than simply treating symptoms. Read more
How do I take leflunomide and how long does it take to work?
Leflunomide is usually given as a 10 or 20 mg tablet once a day. It may be six weeks or more before you notice any benefit. Read more
What are the possible risks and side-effects of leflunomide?
The most common side-effects of leflunomide include nausea, diarrhoea and mouth ulcers. It can also affect your liver and make you more likely to develop infections. Read more
Can leflunomide affect other medicines and treatments?
You may be prescribed leflunomide alongside other drugs. Discuss any new medications with your doctor because some drugs interact with leflunomide.
Can I drink alcohol while I'm on leflunomide?
Leflunomide and alcohol may interact and damage your liver. If you drink alcohol you should drink no more than 4–8 units per week. Read more
Does leflunomide affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?
We don’t yet know the risks of leflunomide to an unborn baby. You should use contraception if you're taking leflunomide. Breastfeeding while taking leflunomide isn’t recommended.
What is a wash-out treatment and why might I need it?
Because leflunomide can remain in your body for a long time, in some situations you may be advised to have a wash-out treatment to remove it more quickly. Read more