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Have well controlled lupus. Labs most recently normal. I lost weight & now weigh 63kg. My rheumatology decreased Plaquenil dose to 300 mg. Risks?

Have well controlled lupus. Labs most recently normal. I lost weight & now weigh 63kg. My rheumatology decreased Plaquenil dose to 300 mg. Risks?

Protect kidney: The risks of developing worsening lupus is lowered by being on plaquenil. Dosage is decreased when you lose weight, that's standard practice.
Controlling your lupus with meds will decrease chance of you developing kidney issues and other problems later. ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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

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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 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 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?

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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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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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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