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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: Plaquenil 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
Does it matter if you take 400 mg plaquenil at once VS 200 in the morning and 200 in the afternoon?
I have been taking 400 mg of plaquenil for 6months. Lately my appetite decreased is it due to plaquenil?
Unlikely: Unlikely without other GI symptomsGet a more detailed answer ›
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