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Doctor insights on: Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate Addiction Reducing Agent

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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?

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 more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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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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Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). When does it start to work? When will it be fully working n treating for rheumatoid arthritis? When will i notice improvement?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine).  When does it start to work? When will it be fully working n treating for rheumatoid arthritis? When will i notice improvement?

Takes time: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) often takes at least 1-2 months for significant improvement with rheumatoid arthritis -- sometimes it can take up to 6 months for full effect. Be patient. If no improvement at all in 2-3 months though i would check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) give you a heavy feeling?

Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) give you a heavy feeling?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has many side effects. Some common ones include dizziness, abdominal pain, headache, nausea, diarrhea, itching, and sensitiviy to sun. More serious side effects which are more rare include certain types of anemia, muscle pain, and liver problems, among others. Despite the fact that what you describe is not officially under it's side effect profile, it still could be causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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Issues with understanding plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects?

Issues with understanding plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects?

Side effects:: Studies at the cleveland clinic and albany medical college clearly demonstrate that ocular toxicity with ho-q is based solely on getting more the recommended 6mg/kg of body weight. I have never seen ocular toxicity in 1000's of patient I have treated. The most common complaint is queasiness of the stomach when starting it. There are other side-effects, but i've never seen them. ...Read more

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Could plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) give you a heavy feeling in the chest?

Could plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) give you a heavy feeling in the chest?

Unlikely.: This is not a common side-effect, or should I say very rare. I've never seen it occur in hundreds of patients i've treated with ho-q. But many conditions, particularly arthritis and sle, in which ho-q is used can cause what you described. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Having problems with hydroxychloroquin plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects?

Having problems with hydroxychloroquin plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) side effects?

Side effects: Usual side effects are stomach upset and rahshes. Occ headaches. Take the med at lower dose with food and if you can't tolerate tne maximum dose it may still be effective. Vision problems are very rare these s[ecialist and get an opthalmology referral quickly. ...Read more

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Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200mg has really helped me how long will I have to take I have sjogrens ?

Depends: Often its use is long term but it depends on the manifestations of your sjogrens. The good news it is helping, as many people with sjogren's will discover, but consider the alternative that it might not work. It needs to be monitored, as does any medication. ...Read more

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Does tonic water has plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

See below: It has quinine which is closely related to Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and can cause toxicity with it. ...Read more

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I have lupus. Can anyone advise me on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

Yes: If you have real lupus you should already be on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) unless you are allergic. ...Read more

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