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I have recurring flares of rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back. My ANA is 6:40. I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?
Maybe SLE maybe not.: Diagnosis of rheumatologic disease is generally based on symptoms with support from lab. Sounds like you have a rheumatologic disease and are being treated with a rheumatologic agent perhaps by a rheumatologist. They can explain your particular situation better, but suffice it to say tests are not always right and a single test does not generally make or break a diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Plaquenil: 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
Why would Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) cause my stomach to burn severely even when taken with food ?
Uncommon side effect: This is an uncommon side effect with this medication. Uncommon problems can still happen but you should be checked for ulcers or other problems which may cause you to have this symptom. If no other problems exist you may need to change therapy. ...Read more
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 also reduce flares, but also increases infection. ...Read more
Plaquenil: or hydroxychloroquine is actually an antimalarial medication but it is useful in treating inflammation such as found in lupus. It works by shutting off part of the immune system, so it's not really masking the symptoms- it's stopping the disease process in your case. Be sure to have regular check ups while on this medicine, esp eye examinations. That's one of the dangerous side effects 2 look out4 ...Read more
Plaquenil. When does it start to work? When will it be fully working n treating for rheumatoid arthritis? When will i notice improvement?
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