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What is hydroxychloroquine medicine used for?

What is hydroxychloroquine medicine used for?

Antimalarial: Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. It is used to prevent and treat acute attacks of malaria. It is also used to treat discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis in patients whose symptoms have not improved with other treatments. ...Read more

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What is hydroxychloroquine medicine used for?

What is hydroxychloroquine medicine  used for?

Hydroxychloroquone: Malaria treatment/prophylaxis, lupus , rheumatoid arthritis. Get eye exam (retina) at least yearly if using for prolonged period if time (> 2-3 months). ...Read more

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What is hydroxychloroquine for n what is in it?

What is hydroxychloroquine for n what is in it?

Medication: That is used as antimalaria and has also use in inflammatory arthritis with adverse effects listed ...Read more

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What is the some effects of hydroxychloroquine ?

What is the some effects of hydroxychloroquine ?

Hydroxychloroquine: May treat: Systemic lupus erythematosus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Malaria, Porphyria cutanea tarda, Photodermatitis ...Read more

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What is the average dosage for hydroxychloroquine?

What is the average dosage for hydroxychloroquine?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Each tablet is 400mg. Taken as 2 tablets per week for malaria prevention, 1 tablet once daily for rheumatoid arthritis, and 1 tablet twice daily for lupus. ...Read more

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What happens if you take too much of hydroxychloroquine?

What happens if you take too much of hydroxychloroquine?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Toxicity can show hearing & hair loss, convulsions, liver damage. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever taken pain medication hydroxychloroquine?

Has anyone ever taken pain medication hydroxychloroquine?

Not a pain med: Many people with mild rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or lupus respond to hydroxychloroquine. It is not a pain medication. The key is to have the rheumatologist assess whether the Hydroxychloroquine is adequately controlling the RA to prevent progression as progression can lead to deformity. If the diagnosis is lupus, control needs to be measured also. ...Read more

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Dangers of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

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 do hydroxychloroquine sulphate tablets do?

Several things: Hydroxychloroquin is an antimalarial drug that has been found useful in treating Rheumato9id Arthritis, Lupus Erythematosis, Discoid Lupus, and in addition in some people induce remission.It does have side effects and need regular eye exams, but in general is well tolerated. ...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 does hydroxychloroquine sulfate do to our body?

What does hydroxychloroquine sulfate do to our body?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial, is used to treat RA and SLE. Although called "immune-suppresive" it does not have a powerful effect on the immune system. We are still understanding how it works and in general it regulates the communication of immune cells / lymphocytes. More precisely, it reduces toll-like receptors signaling, which reduces immune cell activation and inflammation. ...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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Taking hydroxychloroquine and showing severe mood changes?

Taking hydroxychloroquine and showing severe mood changes?

HO-Q: Given at the appropriate dose 6.5mg-6mg/kg of body weight, the drug as few if any, cognitive effects. I have not seen one case similar to what you are decribing. Since you are on , most likely several meds, it may be others. Also, many patients are taking this drug for potentially serious diseases. This by itself can affect mood. ...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 prolonged use of hydroxychloroquine cause retinopathy?

Can  prolonged use of hydroxychloroquine cause retinopathy?

Yes: Hydroxychloroquine-associated retinopathy is more common based on a higher cumulative dosage. For standard doses, your risk will increase after 5 years of use, but if you are using a higher dose or are petite that will affect the timeline. Your rheumatologist and/or ophthalmologist should be able to give you more guidance. ...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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Will prolonged use of hydroxychloroquine lead to retinopathy?

Will prolonged use of hydroxychloroquine lead to retinopathy?

Unlikely: Its unlikely but regular examination by an opthamologist is recommended to watch for any changes. ...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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Is hydroxychloroquine a steroid?

Is hydroxychloroquine a steroid?

No: It is an anti-malaria drug that is also used to treat lupus, rheumatoid arthritis (in which use it may be referred to as a dmard or disease-modifying antirheumatic drug) & other auto-immune diseases. ...Read more

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Could hydroxychloroquine have aspirin?

Could hydroxychloroquine have aspirin?

No: Hydroxychloroquine does not contain aspirin. It is an antibiotic that is used to treat malaria. It also helps treat autoimmune disease such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjögren's syndrome. ...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