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I have RA use plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) now i was prescribed methotrexate. 2y ago diagnosis with HPV 16, can I take metho a immunosuppressant, an not make worst the hpv?

I have RA use plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) now i was prescribed methotrexate. 2y ago diagnosis with HPV 16, can I take metho a immunosuppressant, an not make worst the hpv?

Yes: This is a great question. Methotrexate has been used both to treat hpv and certain studies have shown women with RA on methtrexate have higher risk of abnormal pap smear. It is safe to use Methotrexate if you need it for ra. You just need to get your pap smears yearly and more frequent if abnormal. I would also recommend hpv testing with your pap. ...Read more

Immunosuppressant (Definition)

Your immune system is comprised of two main compartments: innate and specific branches. There are many different cell types in each group including neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, basophils, t cells and b cells, and others. Anything that affects either the total number of those cells or their function can be considering immune ...Read more


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What happens if I stop taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) suddenly?

What happens if I stop taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) suddenly?

Long time: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) takes a long time to get out of the system - up to 18 months. Be certain you and your physician agree you should discontinue it. ...Read more

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My sister is suffering from takayashu arteritis... she is currently taking immunosuppressants.. just want to ask the prognosis of this disease?

My sister is suffering from takayashu arteritis... she is currently taking immunosuppressants.. just want to ask the prognosis of this disease?

See below: The two major predictors of outcome are incidence of complications(hypertension,aortic aneurysm, retinopathy) and if the disease is progressive or not. The 15-year survival was 66 and 96 percent for patients with and without a major complication, respectively, and was 68 and 93 percent for those with and without a progressive course. ...Read more

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I am taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and am wondering what are side effects?

I am taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and am wondering what are side effects?

Usually none!: 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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My temperature is 97.6 and i'm currently taking imuran, (azathioprine) an immunosuppressant. Should i be concerned?

My temperature is 97.6 and i'm currently taking imuran, (azathioprine) an immunosuppressant. Should i be concerned?

No fever: 97.6 is not a fever and it is also not abnormally low. Taking Imuran (azathioprine) is serious business and you need to be monitored by your doctor but the temperature that you list it not a concern. If you have symptoms of being ill, tell your doctor. ...Read more

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I am taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for UCTD. What is the implication of elevated compliment 4 and normal compliment 3?

I am taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for UCTD. What is the implication of elevated compliment 4 and normal compliment 3?

Blood tests: There are a few diseases that leap out from blood tests. Most of the time, however, blood tests don't tell the doctor much on their own. These results fall into the second group. Elevated complement levels are actually reassuring - it's low complement that is concerning in UCTD. ...Read more

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Is going through medschool risky for someone on immunosuppressants?

Is going through medschool risky for someone on immunosuppressants?

Not necessarily: Depends on why you are on immunosuppressants and how severely immunosuppressed you are. I wouldn't let the fact that you are on immunosuppressive meds stop you from pursuing a career in medicine. ...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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Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate (Definition)

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Plaquenil (Definition)

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