Plaquenil

Last Update May 25, 2016
Plaquenil is an arthritis medication and an anti infectious agent.
Uses: Plaquenil is prescribed for Lupus, RA, Sjogren's Syndrome and Joint Pain and is mostly mentioned together with these indications. Read More
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3.7
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Positive 8,068 "HI there, I have discoid lupus and have been on 400mg Plaquenil daily for approx. 3-4 months. It has been awesome for clearing up my lupus but I have noticed hair thinning and bleaching, especially... "Read more positive discussions
Negative 6,417 "I was just in to see my rheumy and he has decided to have me stop taking the plaquenil because he doesn't ...Are there any symptoms I should look for that would indicate a withdrawal from plaquenil?"Read more negative discussions
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I have Dermatomyositis.
| Pegdub1
Has anyone else had hair loss from Plaquenil? My hair has gotten thinner from Plaquenil.

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Dermatologists!
| Pegdub1
I have had dermatomyositis for 2 years. Mostly just the rash. I take Plaquenil,the generic. It had been stable but now has flared up again. I also use Clobetasol Ointment on the rash. It seems to help. I don't t know if my muscles are affected yet. I My legs do get tired when I walk very Dar. I have a Dr Ppt on June 10th . I had all the tests done at first for cancer and they turned out negative . Don't know how I got it. Not sure what else I can do.

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7 years of Peripheral Neuropathy and never made the connection with Plaquenil!
| crcandy
I have been taking Plaquenil along with Methotrexate for about 17 years for rheumatoid arthritis. Around 2009 I began experiencing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy (DADS with Mag1 antibody) and tests later proved that I did, indeed have this affliction. It has been increasing in severity and I never made the connection with Plaquenil. I thought perhaps it might have been the the result of a vaccination for H1N1 in 2009. Furthermore, I am suffering from chronic itching for almost a year now in my lower back and thighs. None of the treatments prescribed have worked. There has been no conclusive diagnosis.

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Vivid dreams
| Gary B.
I have been on Plaquenil now for about 2 years and the vivid and intense dreams started almost immediately. The doctor(s) said they had no reports of other patients mentioning it but it is real. I have gotten used to it and occasionally find myself looking forward to the entertainment. Sometimes they are violent and I wake up. I think I will try cutting the dose in 1/2 for a while and see if it helps.

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| DosPitbulls
I have been on plaquenil for over 10 years. My hair turns white around my face at the scalp. I feel like I go to sleep and wake up grey. Dye job last one week at roots.

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| Katrin
After my daughter started to take Plaquenil 200 mg per day she got nightmares. Now after 6 months she doesn't have it that much but it is really difficult for her to fall asleep before 12pm. The sleep itself is rather fragmentary. But as there were many other problems we did not think about Plaquenil. Hopefully, changing time of intake will make things better...

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Change in generic plaquenil?
| Suziesd
The shape of the pill went from oblong to round and I'm not sure that it is the same quality. I wondered if anyone else felt a difference, as in it's not working?

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Allergy History
| Babs Evans
Would I be a candidate for aralen even though I had a significant allergy to plaquinil

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| Eyez
Tamoxifen plus HCQ is a dangerous duo for the retina. This study included 38 patients using both hydroxychloroquine and tamoxifen; of those patients, 12 (31.6%) developed retinopathy—a rate much higher than in any other subgroup. See Retrospective study published:
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014; 132:1453-1460

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Facts about Plaquenil

What does Plaquenil look like?
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Strength : 200 mg
Pill imprint : PLAQUENIL
Color : White
Shape : Double Circle
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C Pregnancy category (FDA)
Before taking Plaquenil during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
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ALL PREGNANCY CATEGORIES
a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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Alcohol warning on Plaquenil
There may be a negative interaction between Plaquenil and alcohol.
How do I obtain Plaquenil?
Prescription in the USA
How do I take Plaquenil?
Pill
What dosages are available?
Tablet: 200 mg
Ingredients
Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate
Approval Date
April 18, 1955
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