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Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) (for autoimmune disease) cause increased infections?

Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) (for autoimmune disease) cause increased infections?

Not commonly: Unlike many meds used to treat autoimmune diseases (immune modulators that suppress the immune system) Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has an antiinflammatory effect on autoimmune dss. So the risk of infections (seen with immune suppression) is uncommon. Major concern with this drug is effect on vision. Regular eye exams are recommended. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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How does plaquinil slow the process of scleroderma and lupus? Or any autoimmune disease

How does plaquinil slow the process of scleroderma and lupus? Or any autoimmune disease

See below: There is has been much on how exactly it works but it is thought to work on tlrs or toll-like receptors which play a role in the immune system. ...Read more

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Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... Help

Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... Help

Yes: You could treat theses conditions and achieve complete remission with the right treatment. You need close follow up all the time since they classified as chronic diseases ...Read more

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Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... So confused

Can you put lupus or Sjorgens into remission? How bad are these autoimmune diseases? They think I have one of these two.... So confused

Yes can be controlle: either lupus or Sjorgen's, but why do you think you have either? first you have got to be diagnosed which is often hard to, and needs an experienced rheumatologist, check with your doctor first who might refer you if necessary, good luck ...Read more

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What autoimmune disease can cause flares of many symptoms including pulmonary hypertension and then some like pH go in remission until the next flare?

What autoimmune disease can cause flares of many symptoms including pulmonary hypertension and then some like pH go in remission until the next flare?

Pulm Htn: Systemic lupus famously can inflame lungs and pleura. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect lungs rarely. Vasculitis such as Wegeners Granulomatosis centers on lungs typically. Hypersensitivity angiitis often involve lungs. Flares do happen with all these. Goodpastures disease involves lungs. Chung Strauss angiitis involves lungs. Flares happen. ...Read more

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Dx of IBS and early stage autoimmune disorder taking omeprazole, bupropion, plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and bentyl as needed. I have period cramps. Best OTC pain meds?

Dx of IBS and early stage autoimmune disorder taking omeprazole, bupropion, plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and bentyl as needed. I have period cramps.  Best OTC pain meds?

Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen): Take them early before the cramps get too bad and take 2 of the aleve (naproxen) twice a day and 3-4 of the Ibuprofen 3 times a day. You aso can soak in a hot tub. That often helps as well. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What do autoimmune diseases attack?

What do autoimmune diseases attack?

Autoimmune diseases : In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white cells , platelets etc. ...Read more

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Are autoimmune diseases very common?

Are autoimmune diseases very common?

Yes.: Most people with hypothyroidism have the disease hashimoto's thyroiditis. When you add psoriasis, colitis to the diseases ra, spondyloarthritis, type 1 diabetes, and onward, you have a majorpercentage of american's having an "autoimmune disease. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


Remission (Definition)

This is related to act of remitting.A condition or period n which something is remitted.It is not a cure. Complete remission means that there is no sign or symptoms of the condition like cancer or another condition partial remission means some ...Read more