Side effects. Usual side effects are stomach upset and rahshes. Occ headaches. Take the med at lower dose with food and if you can't tolerate tne maximum dose it may still be effective. Vision problems are very rare these s[ecialist and get an opthalmology referral quickly.
Retinal toxicity. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), (hydroxychloroquine) or hydroxychloroquin is used for treatment of several medical conditions. It is a rare but severe side effect for it to cause retinal toxicity. This effect is dependent on how long you have been on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and how much. It is a rare side effect.
Not at all. You need eye and other monitoring but it is relatively safe and well tolerated.
Side effects: 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.
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.
A few. It can cause eye problems so you need to see an ophthalmologist and peridoic screenings. Other than that we see a few people who have increased skin pigmentation called "plaquenil ochronosis". There are others but these the most prominent.
Identical. Identical. The former is a trade name for the latter.
Most do fine. Most patients do very well on hydroxychloroquine. Common side effects include allergy to the medication, GI disturbances such as nausea or diarrhea, and changes of pigmentation in the skin or hair (this is not a complete list). You should also be tested for an enzyme called g6pd before starting, and you should have at least one eye exam annually while on the drug.
No. It would be much more common for lupus or RA to affect the period than this medicine.
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.
I've been prescribed cyclosporine for lupus. I also take Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 400mg/day. Can the side effects of the latter be increased because of the former?
Not typically. These drugs are commonly used for connective tissue disease. They have no recognized adverse interactions. Hope your condition improves soon!
No. The major side effects of cyclosporine can be blood count problems and can cause kidney side effects, elevated blood pressure. Use it with caution if you have kindney or liver issues. Discuss with your MD. It is an immunosuppressant and has a risk of infection or malignancy. There is no interaction with plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). It is not generally used fro the treatment of lupus in the united States.