Review: could Arava cause Breast Cancer?


Summary

Breast cancer is found among people who take Arava, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take medication Methotrexate, and have Rheumatoid arthritis . We study 22,295 people who have side effects while taking Arava from FDA and social media. Among them, 97 have Breast cancer. Find out below who they are, when they have Breast cancer and more.

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Arava

Arava has active ingredients of leflunomide. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis. (latest outcomes from Arava 22,380 users)

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, death, rashes, diarrhea, joint pain (latest reports from 103,129 Breast cancer patients).

On Sep, 19, 2016

22,295 people reported to have side effects when taking Arava.
Among them, 97 people (0.44%) have Breast Cancer


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Arava cause Breast cancer?

Time on Arava when people have Breast Cancer *:

  • < 1 month: 23.08 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 26.92 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 11.54 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 26.92 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 11.54 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Breast Cancer when taking Arava *:

  • female: 100 %
  • male: 0.0 %

Age of people who have Breast Cancer when taking Arava *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 0.0 %
  • 30-39: 0.0 %
  • 40-49: 9.09 %
  • 50-59: 40.91 %
  • 60+: 50.0 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (73 people, 75.26%)
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (10 people, 10.31%)
  • Osteoporosis (5 people, 5.15%)
  • Hypertension (5 people, 5.15%)
  • Gastritis (4 people, 4.12%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Methotrexate (35 people, 36.08%)
  • Enbrel (30 people, 30.93%)
  • Humira (24 people, 24.74%)
  • Plaquenil (19 people, 19.59%)
  • Prednisone (18 people, 18.56%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Hot Flush (9 people, 9.28%)
  • Weight Decreased (8 people, 8.25%)
  • Headache (8 people, 8.25%)
  • Diarrhoea (8 people, 8.25%)
  • Breast Cancer Female (8 people, 8.25%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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