Compare Arava vs. Methotrexate

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Arava
(leflunomide)

Otrexup
(methotrexate)

Coming soon.Treats cancer and changes how your immune system works. Otrexup (Methotrexate) is a first line treatment for many autoimmune diseases and types of cancer. If you're taking it for a long time, you'll have to get routine blood tests.
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Best available price for 24 (2.5mg) tablets of methotrexate
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Side effects
AravaMethotrexate

We haven’t found good data for Arava side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Arava »
  • Elevated liver function tests 15%
  • Nausea/vomiting 10%
  • Mouth and lip swelling 10%
  • Thrombocytopenia 10%
  • Rash/pruritus/dermatitis 3%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Hair loss or baldness 3%
  • Low white blood cells 3%
  • Low blood cell count 3%
  • Dizziness 3%
More Methotrexate side effects »
How it works
AravaMethotrexate
Coming soon.Otrexup (Methotrexate) is an anti-cancer and immunosuppressive medication that treats forms of cancer, arthritis, and psoriasis. For cancer, it helps your body destroy cancer cells by blocking building blocks that cancer cells need to grow. For rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, it lowers the body's normal immune response and prevents the body from attacking itself.
Type of medication
AravaMethotrexate
Prescription only
Available as
AravaMethotrexate
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Injection
Used for
AravaMethotrexate
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
Risk factors for serious side effects
AravaMethotrexate
    Coming soon.
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Men of childbearing potential
    • Reduced kidney function
    • fluid in the abdomen (ascites)
    • fluid in the lungs (pleural effusion)
    Detailed Otrexup (methotrexate) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

    Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

    Alcohol
    AravaMethotrexate
    No alcohol related info.
    • Don't use alcohol, NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory medications), or stay in the sun too long.
    • You have to avoid alcohol and being in the sun too long.
    Upsides and benefits
    AravaMethotrexate
    Coming soon
    • Recommended as first line treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Available as a generic medication. Comes as a tablet, an injection that you give yourself weekly, and as an infusion that you get in your doctor's office or at an infusion center.
    • If you accidentally take too much, there's an antidote to help your body recover.
    Downsides and risks
    AravaMethotrexate
    Coming soon
    • You have to be on birth control for at least 2 to 3 months after you finish Otrexup (Methotrexate) since it can cause birth defects.
    • You have to avoid alcohol and being in the sun too long.
    • You'll have to get blood tests done if you're taking this long-term because it can cause harmful side effects.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    AravaMethotrexate
    Coming soon
    • Don't use alcohol, NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory medications), or stay in the sun too long.
    • Use birth control and avoid pregnancy for at least 2 months (for women) and 3 months (for men) after you finish Otrexup (Methotrexate).
    • Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated while taking this.
    • Take the medication exactly as your doctor or pharmacist tells you. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you're confused.
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