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Can a patient with Rheumatoid arthritis, do a laser eye surgery (PRK) , after stopping plaquenil medication? Is there a possible complications ? .....
Not the best option: Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of autoimmune disorder - a condition where the body's immune system is attacking itself. LASIK and PRK both require the eye to heal normally in order to improve the vision and prevent complications during the healing process. Patients with active autoimmune disease do not heal as well and may develop serious side effects after laser surgery, and are not candidates ...Read more
No: No they do not.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Can any of these medications cause extremely dry mouth? Plaquenil,, atenolol, Nexium (esomeprazole) , or wellbutrin (I just started wellbutrin 2 weeks ago)
Dry mouth: yes. These medications can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth makes you at high risk for dental decay. Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks. Avoid mouthwash with alcohol. These will make your mouth drier. Chew xylitol or sugar free gum. Have regular dental care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for sjogren's sydeome. What is the drug supposed to do? How do I know it's working
No: but if does and innocent retest with blood lab ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Prescribed plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for P.A.- mild psoriasis + other conditions+strong fam history, what are chances of severe psoriasis outbreak from drug? Thanks!
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?Ive 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See details: It depends why you are taking Plaquenil in the first place. Chloroquine can be substituted for Plaquenil but only in limited circumstances. Why do you feel you need to stop the Plaquenil? Please provide more detailed information if you want a more specific answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer