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Are there any risks in taking leflunomide?

There may be risks in taking leflunomide. Leflunomide can cause lung disease or liver problems. Before taking this medication you should inform your doctor if you have any medical history that includes HIV/AIDS, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease, alcohol abuse, lung disease, bone marrow/blood disorder, or infection. Although not yet confirmed, this drug may possibly pass into sperm, so men who want a child may want to stop taking leflunomide and start using cholestyramine to clear the drug out of their system. Since this drug should never be taken by pregnant women, it is highly recommended that two forms of birth control are used in order to prevent pregnancy. Leflunomide can also be passed into breast milk, so the drug should not be taken by breastfeeding women. It is also possible that some people will have an allergic reaction to leflunomide.

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