Side Effects of AravaJust like any medicine, Arava can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common Arava side effects include but are not limited to:
(Click Arava Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug InteractionsArava may react with a number of other medicines (see Arava Drug Interactions).
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A history of abnormal liver function tests
- A history of alcoholism or currently drink large amounts of alcohol
- Blood problems, including anemia or low blood platelets
- Bone marrow problems
- A weakened immune system, due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), or any other cause
- Frequent or uncontrolled infections, or currently have an infection
- Cancer, or a history of cancer
- Lung problems
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Arava and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Arava and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Arava Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)