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Dangers Of Plaquenil
What are the dangers of long term use of prednisone for sle in low doses. Like 5mg. Got ezcema on hands from generic plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). What are other options?
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
Yes: At least 100% of my lupus patients have tried it and 75% of the RA patients. ...Read more
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
Weeks to months: It take weeks to months to clear completely. ...Read more
Yes.: No issue with both together.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Been on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for a month now. Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) cause anxiety? I'm usually an anxious person by nature but this was a different feeling. Contact dr?
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