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A 21-year-old female asked:

after i started taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for sle in september my anti-tpo has normalized. however, it hasn't had any effect on my ana and anti-ssa. how come?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
On Plaquinil: If it permits a chemical remission it may take a while. Not all antibodies follow the same rules. Watch clinical symptoms and inflammatory markers.
Dr. Martin Morell
Rheumatology 29 years experience
The: ANA levels may differ occasionally from day to day, or lab to lab. Medications of sjogrens or lupus typically will not affect the titer itself. That also applies for your ssa antibody.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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