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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Plaquenil (Definition)

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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 as well. ...Read more

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Rheumatologist is putting me on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for sle. What are the pros and cons of this medication? And any advice?

Rheumatologist is putting me on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for sle. What are the pros and cons of this medication? And any advice?

Almost all pros: This is an essential med for virtually all patients with sle. It not only controls the everyday problems but significantly reduces the risk of future problems. Toxicities are rash, itching, muscle weakness and retinal inflammation. . These risks are very low compared with the benefits. ...Read more

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How does Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) affect birth control? It makes me feel very nausea and head ache I don't know if I want to continue this medication.

How does Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) affect birth control? 
It makes me feel very nausea and head ache I don't know if I want to continue this medication.

None: There is no known interaction between plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and birth control. Both can cause nausea and vomiting. Combing the two may increase nausea and vomiting. Do not discontinue without talking with your physician. ...Read more

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I'm using plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200mg and prednisone 10mg for rheumatoid arthritis, can I take vitamin C while using these medications.

I'm using plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200mg and prednisone 10mg for rheumatoid arthritis, can I take vitamin C while using these medications.

Yes: Vitamin c is fine to take while taking these medications. Not sure why you would take it, though. Recent studies have shown that your food should provide you with enough vitamins so if your food is inadequate, dietary modifications are necessary to get it where it should be. ...Read more

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I've lupus (sle), r.A., raynaud's syndrome, anemia, &hypertension. I take methotrexate, plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) Neurontin & lisinopril/hctz. I'm told I've decreased kidney function. Is that because of the medication?

I've lupus (sle), r.A., raynaud's syndrome, anemia, &hypertension. I take methotrexate, plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) Neurontin & lisinopril/hctz. I'm told I've decreased kidney function. Is that because of the medication?

Probably not: Lupus usually damages the kidneys and hypertension always does to some extent. Not all "decreased kidney function" picked up by today's lab screenings is real kidney damage -- any guy who lifts weights will get a warning from the creatinine from his muscles -- but I'd keep with your rx. Good luck -- this is a challenging disease. ...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 plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) cause false positives on drug test?

Does plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) cause false positives on drug test?

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

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I am on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for sjogren's sydeome. What is the drug supposed to do? How do I know it's working

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

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Prescribed plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for P.A.- mild psoriasis + other conditions+strong fam history, what are chances of severe psoriasis outbreak from drug? Thanks!

Prescribed plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for P.A.- mild psoriasis + other conditions+strong fam history, what are chances of severe psoriasis outbreak from drug? Thanks!

I am not sure what : P.A. is. I personally do not use plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for psoriasis as it has been link with causing flare or outbreak for psoriasis. I would recommend to choose other DMARDs or biological esp there are a lot of choices now. ...Read more

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Dr. Stated plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) could also be the reason for my vertigo — could vertigo really start 8 months after taking it? I don't want to stop this drug.

Dr. Stated plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) could also be the reason for my vertigo — could vertigo really start 8 months after taking it? I don't want to stop this drug.

Hydroxychloroquine: This drug can produce numerous side-effects with neurological overtones, including vertigo, but it is unusual (although not impossible) to have these develop after 8 mos of treatment. Suggest you work this out with the rheumatologist to see whether this may be related more to your underlying illness than to the plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Sound like you are already having this assessed. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the blood work protocol while taking hydroxychloroquine and methotrexate? I've had bloodwrk once in the year I've been taking these 2 drugs.

What is the blood work protocol while taking hydroxychloroquine and methotrexate? I've had bloodwrk once in the year I've been taking these 2 drugs.

Tests: Blood tests for monitoring of methtrexate consist of CBC and platelet count as well as liver function tests to keep track of potential liver and bone marrow damage. The tests can be done every 3 to 6 months or as needed as determined by any symptoms. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) rarely causes blood problems but an annual eye exam is important. ...Read more

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I have LICHEN PLANOPILARIS. I have been on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for 1 year. Still loosing hair. What drugs are recommended next? Thanks

I have LICHEN PLANOPILARIS. I have been on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for 1 year. Still loosing hair. What drugs are recommended next? 
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Issues: Your three medical conditions need attention.
1: Sleep apnea needs to be controlled by a lung specialist.
2: How is your hypogonadism being treated? There are many options.
3: Losing hair is not uncommon at our ages. Annoying but true. ...Read more

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Aside from Plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) which drug used to treat lupus has the least side effects? Likely going to have to add another to my cocktail.

Aside from Plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) which drug used to treat lupus has the least side effects? Likely going to have to add another to my cocktail.

Depends: Every lupus patient is different. Choice of meds depends on the severity of your illness. Work with your rheumatologist to develop the most appropriate treatment plan for your case. That's his job. ...Read more

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Can i be on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) life long (i have sle)and not have eye issues? Is this a drug that people stay on?I've been on it for 5 months and its helped a lot

Can i be on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) life long (i have sle)and not have eye issues? Is this a drug that people stay on?I've been on it for 5 months and its helped a lot

Maybe: You can stay on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) as long as your regular eye checks are ok. You need to get a retinal exam and a special visual field test from your specialist eye md (ophthalmologist), normally every 6 months but more often if there is some concern.
Most people do fine on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and have no problems.
Glad it is helping! ...Read more

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Recently started 2 new rx. Prednisone & plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). I'm really shaky & weak, light-headed & dizzy. Normal while starting new drug or need 2 b concerned?

Recently started 2 new rx. Prednisone & plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). I'm really shaky & weak, light-headed & dizzy. Normal while starting new drug or need 2 b concerned?

See details: Why were you started on these meds in the first place? Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) or Prednisone can be possible causes. Depending on the dose, Prednisone may be more likely a cause. Finally, it could be a flare of whatever underlying disease they are treating. Speak with the doctor who prescribed them. ...Read more

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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?

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 same 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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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 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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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