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Dangers of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

Dangers of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

Low risk: Potential Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects include GI intolerance, itching, rash, muscle weakness and eye inflammation (retinopathy). All of these risks are very low and the benefits of Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) will far out weight the risks. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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What can substitute plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

Nothing safer: Plaquenil is also known as hydroxychloroquine, so the parent drug Chloroquine can be substituted. But Chloroquine has significantly higher rate of retinal toxicity, so it isn't used much anymore. Also, Plaquenil appears to effectively reduce flares in patients with lupus not necessarily by suppressing immunity. So other meds like Imuran and CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) also reduce flares, but also increases infection. ...Read more

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What could substitute for plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

For what treatment?: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) or Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat multiple different conditions. What would be appropriate to substitute would depend on how it is being used to treat your disease. ...Read more

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What are side efffects of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

What are side efffects of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Side effects are muscle weakness, twitching, incoordination, blurred vision, bleeding, confusion, seizures, GI upset, hair loss. ...Read more

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Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) give you a heavy feeling?

Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) give you a heavy feeling?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has many side effects. Some common ones include dizziness, abdominal pain, headache, nausea, diarrhea, itching, and sensitiviy to sun. More serious side effects which are more rare include certain types of anemia, muscle pain, and liver problems, among others. Despite the fact that what you describe is not officially under it's side effect profile, it still could be causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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What happens if I stop taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) suddenly?

What happens if I stop taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) suddenly?

Long time: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) takes a long time to get out of the system - up to 18 months. Be certain you and your physician agree you should discontinue it. ...Read more

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What would you replace plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) (miracle) drug with?

Depends...: Depends on what you are being treated for....Methotrexate, Humira, Ilaris, Imuran, Enbrel, Arava, Cimzia, Remicade, Stelara, Simponi (golimumab) last but not the least....Xeljanz....which is a tablet. ...Read more

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Does it matter if you take 400 mg plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) at once VS 200 in the morning and 200 in the afternoon?

Probably not, but: Since Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has such a long half life it probably doesn't matter, but if you are like most people it is easier to remember to take pills once a day than twice a day. Why take the risk of missing doses? ...Read more

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Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects bad?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects bad?

Not at all: You need eye and other monitoring but it is relatively safe and well tolerated. ...Read more

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Issues with understanding plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects?

Issues with understanding plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects?

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 recommended 6mg/kg of body weight. I have never seen ocular toxicity in 1000's of patient I have treated. The most common complaint is queasiness of the stomach when starting it. There are other side-effects, but I've never seen them. ...Read more

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Does plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) cause false positives on drug test?

Only. 01% have: That means that 1 in 10, 000 people taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) reported having a false positive result on a urine drug screen. If that happens to anyone w/ a Rx for it - I'll wager that it would be recognized as an error and no bad consequences would happen for the individual. Don't worry. Best! ...Read more

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Could plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) give you a heavy feeling in the chest?

Could plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) give you a heavy feeling in the chest?

Unlikely.: This is not a common side-effect, or should I say very rare. I've never seen it occur in hundreds of patients I've treated with ho-q.
But many conditions, particularly arthritis and sle, in which ho-q is used can cause what you described. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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I am taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and am wondering what are side effects?

Usually none!: Studies at the cleveland clinic and albany medical college clearly demonstrate that ocular toxicity with ho-q is based solely on getting more the recommended 6mg/kg of body weight. I have never seen ocular toxicity in 1000's of patient I have treated. The most common complaint is queasiness of the stomach when starting it. There are other side-effects, but I've never seen them. ...Read more

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Having problems with hydroxychloroquin plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects?

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 may still be effective. Vision problems are very rare these s[ecialist and get an opthalmology referral quickly. ...Read more

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Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200mg has really helped me how long will I have to take I have sjogrens?

Depends: Often its use is long term but it depends on the manifestations of your sjogrens. The good news it is helping, as many people with sjogren's will discover, but consider the alternative that it might not work. It needs to be monitored, as does any medication. ...Read more

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Is plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) a good medicine to use when treating jra? What should I know about this medicine?

JRA and plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Plaquneil typically has a mild treatment effect. It is used more in adults with arthritis than with kids. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is not typically a mainstay for children with jra as there are more effective medications to treat children with arthritis. If your child is taking plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) make sure they get annual visual field testing at the eye doctor. ...Read more

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I am on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for sjogren's sydeome. What is the drug supposed to do? How do I know it's working

Various: While it may not cure or improve sjogren's significantly, you might expect slowing the progression of your symptoms, such as dryness of your eyes, mouth, throat and other mucosal surfaces (nose, for example). ...Read more

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I am taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for UCTD. What is the implication of elevated compliment 4 and normal compliment 3?

I am taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for UCTD. What is the implication of elevated compliment 4 and normal compliment 3?

Blood tests: There are a few diseases that leap out from blood tests. Most of the time, however, blood tests don't tell the doctor much on their own. These results fall into the second group. Elevated complement levels are actually reassuring - it's low complement that is concerning in UCTD. ...Read more

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Dx with mild mctd in september. I have not started plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) yet because for most part feel good. Can I wait until after holidays to start this medica?

Yes: There is really no reason to wait because it will not interfere with holiday activities. That said, if you are feeling well you can wait. Remember it take Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) about 3 months to become really effective. ...Read more

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I have sjogrens and the treatment is plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200?

Ok...: That an be an appropriate treatment - how are you doing? If you are still suffering, talk to your rheumatologist about your symptoms and explore other options. ...Read more

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Can I take Imodium (loperamide) with Plaquenil?

Yes: There is no interaction of plaquenil And Imodium (loperamide) it is safe for you to take these two together ...Read more

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