Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) Is use for malaria prevention/treatment, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis. You need to talk to your doctor so you can get more specific diagnosis and he or she can clarify the reasons to use plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Should have eye exam initially, the every 3 month if prolongued treatment. Also check cbc. Good medication if given for proper diagnosis and doctor/patient doing proper monitoring.
Why would my rheumy prescribe plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for osteoarthritis? I can't find any research that supports it's use for OA.
Anti inflammatory . Plaquinal is used in cases of inflammatory arthritis such as rhiematoid arthritis and lupus because it has strong anti-inflammatory characterics. It certainly has a significant side affect profile as well. Presumably your rheumatologist thinks it is indicated for your OA to treat inflmation. Don't hesitate to discuss this with him and never hesitate to get second opinion. Read more...