What is a Rheumatologists
A rheumatologist is a physician who specializes in treating arthritis, autoimmune diseases, joint pain and osteoporosis. There are hundreds of types of these diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, joint pain, tendinitis and gout. In treating patients, a rheumatologist can educate patients on surgical treatment options, bone density testing, ankylosing spondylitis, back pain, sports injuries, arthritis nutrition, arthritis bracing, vasculitis, psoriatic arthritis and juvenile arthritis
Dr. John Wade, MD, FRCPC, Rheumatologist, talks about the steps a patient should take when deciding to stop taking Leflunomide.
If you’re going to stop leflunomide, you should speak to your specialist first. If you’re going to consider stopping it, you might think about reducing the dose, and taking half the dose.
If you want to stop it, you’ve got to realize leflunomide is in the body for months or potentially even years. So if you’re going to stop the medication, it is going to be an effect that goes on for a period of time after stopping it.
If you’re concerned about any side effects, you should stop the medication and contact your healthcare provider or your specialist straightaway. If you have any questions or concerns about leflunomide, contact your healthcare provider or your specialist.
Presenter: Dr. John Wade, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC
Local Practitioners: Rheumatologist