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i have lupus and take "hydroxychloroquine sulphate". i have around 8 kilos extra and i don't eat enough protein. can i replace this supplement?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Not a supplement: Hydroxychloroquine is essential to treating your lupus and is not a supplement. Do not discontinue it.
Answered on Mar 5, 2015
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Dr. Ajainder Shergill
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Not a supplement.: Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-rheumatic drug, not a supplement. It may be possible to replace the medication with a different one. I suggest you speak with the doctor treating your lupus. You should not undertake any such change on your own.
Answered on Mar 5, 2015
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Dr. William Lages
67 years experience Rheumatology
Not a supplement: Hydroxychloroquin or Placquenil is not a supplement. It is an important treatment for your lupus. Certainly a dietician can steer you to a higher protein diet and one that can result in weight loss.
Answered on Mar 5, 2015
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Dr. Taraneh Mehrani
16 years experience Rheumatology
No: Hydroxychloroquine is considered a DMARD (disease modifying antirheumatic drug) used in lupus and many other autoimmune diseases to help slow disease progression. It is not considered a supplement. Has many benefits and fairly well tolerated. It has not been shown to cause weight gain and some studies have actually shown people who take hydroxychloroquine have developed diabetes less frequently
Answered on Mar 5, 2015
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