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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
Yes.: No issue with both together.Get a more detailed answer ›