Improves inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
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Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) is a great medication for rheumatoid arthritis and comes with less side effects than other DMARDs.
- Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) has been shown to improve physical function in up to 80% of patients.
- Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) and similar DMARD medications help minimize joint damage, decrease symptoms and lessen future complications.
- Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) is an excellent choice for people who have difficulty tolerating newer biologic medications.
- A generic form of Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) is available.
- You will likely have to take additional medications like Methotrexate to keep your RA in control.
- In some people, small particles develop in the eyes, so you’ll have to get your eyes checked once per year.
- It can take up to 6 months before the full benefits of Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) are felt.
- Many people have nausea, stomach cramps, and diarrhea when they first start taking Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine).
Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) is called a DMARD, a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug. It prevents your body from activating cells that cause inflammation.
Side effect rates for Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)
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Doctors should be completely familiar with the medication label before prescribing Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine).
This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.
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- Certain medications can interact with Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine), so to be safe, tell your doctor about other medications and supplements you may be taking.
- Stay away from alcohol while taking Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine).
- Take Plaquenil with food Before starting medication see an optometrist for baseline assessment of your eyes.
- Eat with food to help prevent stomach upset
- This medicine has worked well for me however, I do have some side effects that are not as bad as the pain. Tinitis and headaches