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Review: could Arava cause Diarrhea?

We study 16,210 people who have side effects while taking Arava from FDA and social media. Among them, 703 have Diarrhea. Find out below who they are, when they have Diarrhea and more.

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Arava

Arava (latest outcomes from 16,320 users) has active ingredients of leflunomide. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea (latest reports from 1,102,406 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, depression.

On Jul, 15, 2014: 16,210 people reported to have side effects when taking Arava. Among them, 703 people (4.34%) have Diarrhea. They amount to 0.06% of all the 1,090,022 people who have Diarrhea on eHealthMe.

Trend of Diarrhea in Arava reports

Time on Arava when people have Diarrhea * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Diarrhea28.08%47.54%5.67%10.10%6.16%1.72%0.74%

Gender of people who have Diarrhea when taking Arava * :

FemaleMale
Diarrhea76.65%23.35%

Age of people who have Diarrhea when taking Arava * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Diarrhea0.00%1.76%0.00%2.78%5.42%14.64%22.55%52.86%

Severity of Diarrhea when taking Arava ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Diarrhea0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Diarrhea ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Diarrhea0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (625 people, 88.90%)
  2. Hypertension (52 people, 7.40%)
  3. Osteoporosis (51 people, 7.25%)
  4. Pain (38 people, 5.41%)
  5. Psoriatic arthropathy (30 people, 4.27%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Methotrexate (170 people, 24.18%)
  2. Prednisone (139 people, 19.77%)
  3. Enbrel (99 people, 14.08%)
  4. Prednisolone (92 people, 13.09%)
  5. Celebrex (88 people, 12.52%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (4 days ago):

  • I have been on Enbrel 50 mg per wk for just over 1 yr. In April 2014, I was awaiting my shipment of meds via UPS, when they arrived I was in the restroom and was unable to get to the door in time. The UPS driver left a note that they would return tomorrow with my box. The next day the UPS driver arrived with my shipment and I met him outside, my first question was, "Where was this box kept last night" he responded "In our Camp Verde wharehouse" I asked if it was refrigerated? The driver responded, "No, UPS does not have that ability". Yet the top of the box has a picture of a penguin on it that says "MUST BE REFRIGERATED!" I pointed to it and said "Do you not see this - this is medication that has to be refrigerated!" Again the driver said, "UPS does not have that ability so we had to put it in our warehouse" I asked is it a refrigerated warehouse?" He said "OH no, it gets about 120 degrees in there". I brought the box in and called Obriova (the pharmacy I get it from) and told them what had happened and they told me to open the box and feel the actual clickpens and check the ice bags placed on top and bottom. The ice bag on top was totally melted and the ice bag on botton had one tiny piece of ice left in it and the clickpens felt room temperature. The pharmacy told me "It should be fine - go ahead and accept it." So I did. I used the first clickpen from this shipment on 4/21/2014. On 4/22/2014 I have severe diarrhea. I returned the remaining 3 clickpens to the pharmacy (due to the diarrhea) and they sent me a new box. Problem is, I still have chronic diarrhea - today is 7/5/2014. My Rheumatologist told me over the phone, "It has nothing to do with the Enbrel". I had a colonoscopy on 6/13/2014, they found multiple small ulcers in my stomach, did 3 biopsies and those came back normal. Actually the diarrhea has gotten worse, to the point where I have to wear Depends to even go out of the house. My bottom is RAW and there is only one gastroenterologist in this town and she can't see me until Sept. I am down to 100 lbs and no one seems to think this is a problem - Could it be the Enbrel? I find it strange that this started the day after I took that shot when it was left in 120 degrees in a warehouse in Arizona......helpless in Arizona.

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  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Ann on Oct, 18, 2012:

    70 year old female, in FL, have taken fosamax for several years until it was making me sick, then switched to Actonel and stomach problems prompted me to switch to Boniva. Not sure if that is my problem but the less I eat the less I hurt, am down to eating pureed veg soup, protein & nutritional shakes, baby food, yogurt, applesauce, pudding, bananas, pureed veg soup, etc. After reading this will stop the Bonivia. I have very intense pain if I eat any solid food. It is the pits, quality of life has been reduced drastically. Diag: gastroparesis

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