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i've been prescribed cyclosporine for lupus. i also take plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 400mg/day. can the side effects of the latter be increased because of the former?

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Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Not typically: These drugs are commonly used for connective tissue disease. They have no recognized adverse interactions. Hope your condition improves soon!
Answered on Jan 3, 2016
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Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
No: The major side effects of cyclosporine can be blood count problems and can cause kidney side effects, elevated blood pressure. Use it with caution if you have kindney or liver issues. Discuss with your MD. It is an immunosuppressant and has a risk of infection or malignancy. There is no interaction with plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). It is not generally used fro the treatment of lupus in the united States.
Answered on Dec 8, 2014
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