What is hydroxychloroquine sulfate used for?

What is hydroxychloroquine sulfate used for?

Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus). It is also used to treat acute and chronic rheumatoid arthritis. This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.

What is PLAQUENIL hydroxychloroquine used for?

What is Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil®)? Hydroxychloroquine is used in the treatment of arthritis to help relieve inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain and also to help control the symptoms of lupus erythematosus (lupus; SLE). A common brand name for hydroxychloroquine is Plaquenil®.

What is the most serious side effect of hydroxychloroquine sulfate PLAQUENIL )?

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: severe dizziness, fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat, seizures. This medication may cause serious eye/vision problems.

What are the benefits of taking hydroxychloroquine?

Benefits include:

  • Decrease in the number of disease flares.
  • Decrease in damage from disease over time.
  • Ability to delay absorption of ultraviolet light.
  • Reduction in the number of antigen-presenting cells in the skin.

Is hydroxychloroquine an antibiotic?

Hydroxychloroquine belongs to a group of medicines known as antimalarials. It works by preventing or treating malaria, a red blood cell infection transmitted by the bite of a mosquito.

What diseases does hydroxychloroquine treat?

Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. It works by killing the organisms that cause malaria. Hydroxychloroquine may work to treat rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus by decreasing the activity of the immune system.

What are side effects of Plaquenil?

Mild side effects that have been reported with Plaquenil include:

  • nausea.
  • vomiting.
  • diarrhea*
  • abdominal (belly) pain.
  • dizziness.
  • fatigue (low energy)
  • nervousness or irritability.
  • hair loss.

Is hydroxychloroquine a painkiller?

Hydroxychloroquine is not a painkiller. If you are already on a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or painkillers you can carry on taking these as well as hydroxychloroquine, unless your doctor advises otherwise.

Is Plaquenil a safe drug?

Plaquenil contains the active drug hydroxychloroquine, which is available as a generic medication. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. The generic is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug.

Does Plaquenil affect your heart?

Hydroxychloroquine may also be used to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) in certain hospitalized patients. Using this medicine alone or with other medicines (eg, azithromycin) may increase your risk of heart rhythm problems (eg, QT prolongation, ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia).

What are the most common side effects of hydroxychloroquine?

Common side effects may include:

  • headache, dizziness;
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
  • loss of appetite, weight loss;
  • feeling nervous or irritable;
  • skin rash or itching; or.
  • hair loss.