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Robert from the United States asks: Is leflunomide a steroid? Can leflunomide and prednisone be used together?
Prednisone is a steroid, while leflunomide (Arava) is a disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Another term for DMARDs is a steroid sparing agent, meaning they aim to achieve the same goals as steroids, but ideally with less side effects. Prednisone works much faster than leflunomide, days versus weeks. Because of that, it is not unusual for a patient to be started on both: Prednisone to help control symptoms short term and then stopped once leflunomide has begun to take effect. This same idea would apply for most DMARDs.