Taking Leflunomide during pregnancy, allergy warnings

Features questions and information about Leflunomide structure, pregnancy & Leflunomide allergy warnings. What should I ask before taking Leflunomide .

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to leflunomide, or if you are pregnant or may become pregnant.

Before taking leflunomide, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • liver disease or a history of hepatitis
  • any type of infection
  • a weak immune system or a bone marrow disorder; or
  • if you are using any drugs that weaken your immune system (such as cancer medicine or steroids)

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.

FDA pregnancy category X. This medication can cause birth defects. Do not use leflunomide if you are pregnant. Your doctor may want you to have a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant before you start taking leflunomide.

Stop taking leflunomide if you miss a period, and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment. If you become pregnant while taking leflunomide, you will need to receive medications to help your body eliminate the drug quickly. This will reduce the risk of harm to your unborn baby. You will also need to go through this drug elimination procedure if you plan to become pregnant after you stop taking leflunomide.

Use effective birth control while you are taking leflunomide. After your treatment ends, continue using birth control until you have received the drug elimination medications.

If a man fathers a child during or after leflunomide treatment, the baby may have birth defects. Use a condom to prevent pregnancy while you are taking leflunomide. After your treatment ends, continue using condoms until you have received the medications to help your body eliminate leflunomide.

It is not known whether leflunomide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

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