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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?
My rheum doc decreased my Plaquenil dose from 400mg to 300mg because I'm doing so well & list weight. I'm Concerned I could get lupus symptoms back?
Hopefully not: You may not get a flare up and this is good if you gave an issue just go back to your doctor and tell him ...Read more
I was diagnosis with UCTD. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) decreased fatigue&markers of inflammation. I am still winded and sweat constantly (not menopaus). Could UCTD cause this?
I've been taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for UCTD. Could it have lowered C-reactive protein, sed rate and decreased fatigue after 3 months?
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
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
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