I've been on plaquenil for 6 months for suspected Sjogren's syndrome (I don't have antibodies for Sjorgren's or Lupus but I do have Hashimoto's and have all the symptoms for Sjorgren's so the rheumatologist suggested a trial of plaquenil). Basically I've been on the drug since January and saw the rheumatologist on Wednesday to see how things are going. Plaquenil and mastocytosis Does plaquenil lower blood sugar Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is a drug that is classified as an anti-malarial drug. Plaquenil is prescribed for the treatment or prevention of malaria. It is also prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and the side effects of lupus such as hair loss, joint pain, and more. Hydroxychloroquine comes as a tablet to take by mouth. For prevention of malaria in adults, two tablets are usually taken once a week on exactly the same day of each week. The first dose is taken 1 to 2 weeks before traveling to an area where malaria is common, and then doses are continued for 8 weeks after exposure. Jan 27, 2010 I discussed it with my Rheumy and she said I could. My platelet count continues to go lower, and I have read that in rare cases Plaquenil depresses the bone marrow. Anyway, I am to taper off gradually 2 weeks at half dose 200mg a day, then 2 weeks at quarter dose, one pill every other day, then OFF. I do think it's helped with fatigue and muscle pain but it's hard for me to compare to Xmas as when the improvement is so gradual I think it's really hard to notice on a gradual basis. I *think* I'm improving but it's been a gradual process and I said to him that it's quite hard to tell how much of an improvement I'm feeling. Tapering hydroxychloroquine Hydroxychloroquine Oral Route Precautions - Mayo Clinic, Hydroxychloroquine MedlinePlus Drug Information Hydroxychloroquine widely used May 07, 2012 Plaquenil is used in the treatment of sarcoidosis but its main use is in the treatment of malaria. One of the side effects of taking the drug is that it affects eye sight, and eye tests, especially field of vision tests need to be done every six months. For the four years that I took the drug. Plaquenil Withdrawal – Life As An Anomaly. Quitting Plaquenil after 2 years - Sjogren's World. Plaquenil What You Need to Know - Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus. A randomized, placebo controlled, double blind study demonstrated use of hydroxychloroquine in chronic urticaria in doses of 200 mg/day for a duration of at least 12 weeks. Improvement in quality of life scores was observed. Hydroxychloroquine is a very safe drug, with most common adverse effect being GI upset. Lupus is an auto-immune disease in which the immune system cannot distinguish between threats like viruses and bacteria, and healthy cells and tissue. As a result, the body produces antibodies that inflict cell damage, most commonly targeting joints, skin, kidneys and the nervous system. Weaning failure is reported only by a few people who take Plaquenil. We study 48,911 people who have side effects while taking Plaquenil from Food and Drug Administration FDA. Among them, 1 has Weaning failure. Find out below who they are, when they have Weaning failure and more. eHealthMe has been monitoring drugs since 2008.