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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Low risk: Potential Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects include GI intolerance, itching, rash, muscle weakness and eye inflammation (retinopathy). All o ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat malaria & rheumatoid arthritis & lupus.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Kim
15 years experience Rheumatology
Nothing safer: Plaquenil is also known as hydroxychloroquine, so the parent drug Chloroquine can be substituted. But Chloroquine has significantly higher rate of ret ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
50 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: At least 100% of my lupus patients have tried it and 75% of the RA patients.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Not at all: You need eye and other monitoring but it is relatively safe and well tolerated.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Laccheo
14 years experience Rheumatology
Auto-immune disease: Most commonly in the us they are prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) can rarely cause anemia or elevation of liver function tests.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
50 years experience Rheumatology
Side effects: Usual side effects are stomach upset and rahshes. Occ headaches. Take the med at lower dose with food and if you can't tolerate tne maximum dose it ma ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Mass
45 years experience Hand Surgery
See a rheumatologist: Rheumatologist can give you the best advice and treatment plan for ra.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel McGee
15 years experience Family Medicine
Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has many side effects. Some common ones include dizziness, abdominal pain, headache, nausea, diarrhea, itching, and sen ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
MTX vs Humira (adalimumab): These drugs fight RA in completely different fashions. Mtx is the consensus first round choice of drugs to treat ra, both by the acr and eular (europe ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
A few: It can cause eye problems so you need to see an ophthalmologist and peridoic screenings. Other than that we see a few people who have increased ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Anti inflammatory : Plaquinal is used in cases of inflammatory arthritis such as rhiematoid arthritis and lupus because it has strong anti-inflammatory characterics. It ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: Not unless they cause GI issues which Prohibit one from eating.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Hard to say: Rashes are common with lupus but are also seen with allergic reactions to ibuprofen. Have the rash evaluated. If you prove allergic to Ibuprofen you w ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Leazzo
22 years experience Family Medicine
No: If you are also taking or had been taking steroids, the steroids will.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
8 years experience Dermatology
Can be: Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) is used as a steroid sparing agent in dm, although insurance payment can be difficult as this is an off label use.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need for evaluation: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. You seem to have an auto ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Many patients!: Results are very good, particulary when used alone and better with methotrexate. The dirrence with Remicade (infliximab) is that it binds to tnf-a re ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Howe
28 years experience Thoracic Surgery
It can: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is not the FIRST line of immunosuppressive medication used for pericarditis. The usual trio is colchicine, a non-steroi ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Side effects:: Studies at the cleveland clinic and albany medical college clearly demonstrate that ocular toxicity with ho-q is based solely on getting more the reco ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Morton Levitt
48 years experience Pathology
NAC : I assume you are taking mtx and plaquinil for their anti-inflammatory effects for psoriasis? This combination is also used for a variety of other syst ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Laccheo
14 years experience Rheumatology
For what treatment?: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) or Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat multiple different conditions. What would be appropriate to substitute would dep ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: How long have you been taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)? It often takes 3-6 months to reach its maximum effectiveness. A low dose of Prednisone ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
For what problem?: No dx. That is an issue. However for lupus, mctd, polymyositis, as well as psorasis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, mtx is effective, bu ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Never heard of it: I can't think of a mechanism wherein Humira (adalimumab) would lead to Lupus. However it is usually used to treat autoimmune disorders and those who ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Grace Akoh-Arrey
15 years experience Pharmacology
No: The most common side effects of Imuran (azathioprine) are nausea/vomiting (~12%) which may be accompanied by malaise, diarrhea. Drowsiness is really n ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Anzalone
67 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not safe: "usage of this drug during pregnancy should be avoided except when in the judgment of the physician the benefit outweighs the possible hazard. Please ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Feinberg
36 years experience Rheumatology
No single answer: There is no one correct way to treat RA. What you were offered are both reasonable options to start therapy. The current newest trend is with a comb ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Pain at night: Pain of any sort tends to be worse at night because the body's natural anti-inflammatory (steroid) levels r at their lowest. Perhaps your rheumatologi ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: Why not ask your own doctor who knows your detailed history rather than someone who does not. The amount of meds you are taking requires you ask your ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
See below: It has quinine which is closely related to Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and can cause toxicity with it.
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A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Psoriasis: For psoriatic arthritis( joint inflammation).
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Could be either: Unfortunately, it could be either a symptom of your lupus or a Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effect. Discuss with your rheumatologist.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
19 years experience Rheumatology
Most do fine: Most patients do very well on hydroxychloroquine. Common side effects include allergy to the medication, GI disturbances such as nausea or diarrhea, ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
No it Does Not: No it does not suppress immune system and cause susceptibility to infections.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): You should take it for as long as it works and no significant side effects. Remember to have your eye exam for field of vision . Your doctor may reque ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Unpredictable: I have seen patients whose lupus condition remained mild for years. However it is known that the disease is unpredictable in that severe cases can imp ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Feinberg
36 years experience Rheumatology
Eat what you like.: I would not recommend any supplement advertised as an immune booster. It is ok to eat any fresh foods or vegetables. There is no research evidence t ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: This combination is often used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

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