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Review: could Arava cause Diarrhea?

Summary: Diarrhea could be caused by Arava, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Methotrexate, and have Rheumatoid arthritis.

We study 16,197 people who have side effects while taking Arava from FDA and social media. Among them, 702 have Diarrhea. Find out below who they are, when they have Diarrhea and more.

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Arava

Arava (latest outcomes from 16,307 users) has active ingredients of leflunomide. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea (latest reports from 1,092,839 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, depression.

On Apr, 8, 2014: 16,206 people reported to have side effects when taking Arava. Among them, 702 people (4.33%) have Diarrhea. They amount to 0.06% of all the 1,088,246 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
Diarrhea28.15%47.65%5.43%10.12%6.17%1.73%0.74%

Gender of people who have Diarrhea when taking Arava * :

FemaleMale
Diarrhea76.62%23.38%

Age of people who have Diarrhea when taking Arava * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Diarrhea0.00%1.76%0.00%2.79%5.43%14.52%22.58%52.93%

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 (624 people, 88.89%)
  2. Hypertension (52 people, 7.41%)
  3. Osteoporosis (51 people, 7.26%)
  4. Pain (38 people, 5.41%)
  5. Psoriatic arthropathy (30 people, 4.27%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Methotrexate (170 people, 24.22%)
  2. Prednisone (139 people, 19.80%)
  3. Enbrel (99 people, 14.10%)
  4. Prednisolone (92 people, 13.11%)
  5. Celebrex (87 people, 12.39%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • 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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