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What Could Substitute For Plaquenil
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
Dr. Stated plaquenil 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. Sound like you are already having this assessed. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm on generic of plaquenil 1x a day. This is my 2nd try. 1st time it caused my blood pressure to go down. Today i started seeing wiggly spots like when you look at a light bulb could it be the meds?
Yes: Plaquenil has the potential to cause serious and sometimes permanent damage to the eyes. Those who are taking it have to maintain regular visits with an opthomologist. You should contact the physician that prescribed the Plaquenil and they should advise you to stop this medication and follow up with them and an opthomologist next week. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could plaquenil for UCTD make me susceptible to Serratia marcescens and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia in two sinus cultures?
Maybe but less likel: Plaquenil is an immunomodulator and can certainly increase the chance for certain infections. I don't think it is a very significant amount of increase though. On the other hand, Stenotrophomonas tend to be seen in individuals that have had recurrent exposure to different antibiotics. I would guess you might have had recurrent sinusitis (or other infections) where you were treated with abx. ...Read more
I was diagnosis with UCTD. Plaquenil decreased fatigue&markers of inflammation . I am still winded and sweat constantly(not menopaus). Could UCTD cause this?
On plaquenil for 14 weeks for UCTD. I have increased energy, sed rate c-reactive are down. Still have inflame in sinuses. Could plaquenil still help?
Sle pt w/ flare in july. Hosp. Had dark brown urine but dr said kidneys ok. Recently GFR is 43. Could this be from plaquenil/cellcept/pred or lupus?
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