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Dr. Scott Keith
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Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate (Overview)

Hydroxychloroquine sulfate is an addiction reducing agent which is a kind of psychiatric drug.


Dr. Scott Keith
171 doctors shared insights

Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate (Overview)

Hydroxychloroquine sulfate is an addiction reducing agent which is a kind of psychiatric drug.


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Why would my rheumy prescribe plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for osteoarthritis? I can't find any research that supports it's use for OA.

Why would my rheumy prescribe plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for osteoarthritis? I can't find any research that supports it's use for OA.

Anti inflammatory : Plaquinal is used in cases of inflammatory arthritis such as rhiematoid arthritis and lupus because it has strong anti-inflammatory characterics. It certainly has a significant side affect profile as well. Presumably your rheumatologist thinks it is indicated for your OA to treat inflmation. Don't hesitate to discuss this with him and never hesitate to get second opinion. ...Read more

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I have been taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for 3 weeks. A fine, red, non itchy rash has appeared on my back and chest. Is this a side effect that will go away?

I have been taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for 3 weeks. A fine, red, non itchy rash has appeared on my back and chest.  Is this a side effect that will go away?

Talk to your doctor: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is associated with a variety of rashes, and you should discuss with your doctor if a medication change would be the best treatment for your rash. ...Read more

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What are the common side effects of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prescription hydro chlorquine?

What are the common side effects of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prescription hydro chlorquine?

Most do fine: Most patients do very well on hydroxychloroquine. Common side effects include allergy to the medication, GI disturbances such as nausea or diarrhea, and changes of pigmentation in the skin or hair (this is not a complete list). You should also be tested for an enzyme called g6pd before starting, and you should have at least one eye exam annually while on the drug. ...Read more

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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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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 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 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

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Plaquenil (Definition)

Plaquenil is an addiction reducing agent which is a ...Read more