A 67-year-old female asked:
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does plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prevent/slow down organs from being attacked, or just mask lupus symptoms?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
23 years experience Infectious Disease
Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): or hydroxychloroquine is actually an antimalarial medication but it is useful in treating inflammation such as found in lupus. It works by shutting off part of the immune system, so it's not really masking the symptoms- it's stopping the disease process in your case. Be sure to have regular check ups while on this medicine, esp eye examinations. That's one of the dangerous side effects 2 look out4
Answered on Feb 28, 2019
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