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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
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
Can anyone please tell me do you gain weight taking hydroxychloroquine at 200mg a day as I am a healthy eater thank you?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not always, but: Using this medicine requires regular surveillance by an eye doctor to monitor for maculopathy which can cause loss of vision. Visual field tests, autofluorescent imaging, high-resolution optical coherence tomography, multifocal electroretinopgraphy are helpful ancillary tests they may perform. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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