At this time, there are a variety of generic Arava (leflunomide) products available. These generics are available in two strengths (10-mg and 20-mg tablets) and are made by a number of generic manufacturers. The FDA has determined that all of the generic versions currently available are equivalent to brand-name Arava.
Can I Buy Generic Arava?Arava® (leflunomide) is a prescription medication approved for treating rheumatoid arthritis. It belongs to a class of drugs called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Arava reduces symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and slows down the progression of the disease.
Arava is made by sanofi-aventis U.S., LLC. It is no longer protected by patents and is available in generic form.
Available StrengthsGeneric Arava tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Leflunomide 10 mg
- Leflunomide 20 mg.
The 100-mg tablets are not currently available in generic form. This strength may be used for the first three days of treatment, to reach effective blood levels more quickly and help produce a more rapid response to the medication. This is called a "loading dose."
Your healthcare provider will supply you with the 100-mg tablets if he or she determines that you will benefit from a loading dose. The 100-mg tablets are available only as "samples" and cannot be sold through pharmacies.
Who Makes Generic Arava?Generic Arava is made by a number of manufacturers, including:
- Apotex Corp.
- Heritage Pharmaceuticals
- Prasco Laboratories
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
Is Generic Leflunomide as Good as Arava?All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns each generic a rating. An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication.
All of the generic versions of Arava currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Arava.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.