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Aubagio Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Aubagio

Generic Name: teriflunomide (Pronunciation: ter i FLOO noe mide)

What is teriflunomide (Aubagio)?

Teriflunomide affects the immune system and reduces swelling and inflammation in the nervous system.

Teriflunomide is used to reduce flare-ups in people with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS). Teriflunomide is not a cure for MS.

Teriflunomide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of teriflunomide (Aubagio)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using teriflunomide and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • fast or racing heartbeats;
  • numbness or tingling in your hands or feet that feels different from your regular MS symptoms;
  • pain in your side or lower back, confusion, little or no urinating;
  • chest pain, dry cough, wheezing, feeling short of breath;
  • skin redness or peeling;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain; or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Common side effects may include:

  • diarrhea;
  • thinning hair; or
  • burning or prickly feeing in your skin.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Aubagio (teriflunomide tablets) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about teriflunomide (Aubagio)?

Teriflunomide is used to reduce flare-ups in people with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS). Teriflunomide is not a cure for MS.

You should not use this medicine if you have severe liver disease, or if you are also taking leflunomide (Arava).

Teriflunomide can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use teriflunomide if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment or within 2 years after your treatment ends.

Use birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using teriflunomide, whether you are a man or a woman. Teriflunomide use by either parent may cause birth defects.

Teriflunomide can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to get sick from being around others who are ill. While using teriflunomide, you may need blood tests every 6 months. Your blood pressure will also need to be checked often.

After you stop taking teriflunomide, the drug could stay in your body for up to 2 years. You may need to be treated with other medications to help your body eliminate teriflunomide quickly. Follow your doctor's instructions.

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