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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 as well. ...Read more
Remicade (infliximab): Remicade (infliximab) is very effective, especially for the arthritic component. ...Read more
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
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.
I'm using plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200mg and prednisone 10mg for rheumatoid arthritis, can I take vitamin C while using these medications.
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
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
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
Prescribed plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for P.A.- mild psoriasis + other conditions+strong fam history, what are chances of severe psoriasis outbreak from drug? Thanks!
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
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
I have LICHEN PLANOPILARIS. I have been on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for 1 year. Still loosing hair. What drugs are recommended next?
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
Do anti malaria drugs such as plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) suppress the immune system and cause susceptibility to infections or no?
No it Does Not: No it does not suppress immune system and cause susceptibility to infections. ...Read more
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
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
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
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