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What should I know before taking teriflunomide?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Your doctor will need to do liver function tests and check your blood pressure before you start treatment.

If you take teriflunomide, you should avoid drinking alcohol.

If you have severe immunodeficiency, teriflunomide increases your risk for severe infections and should be avoided.

If you have severe liver function impairment, you should not take teriflunomide.

Teriflunomide increases susceptibility to infections. If you tend to have frequent or severe infections, teriflunomide should be avoided.

If you have bone marrow disease, teriflunomide increases your risk for severe infections and should be avoided.

If you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, you should not take teriflunomide.

If you are breastfeeding, teriflunomide may not be a good option for you. It is not known if this drug can be passed into breast milk. 

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