Plaquenil 200 mg

Generic Name: Hydroxychloroquine 200 mg
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What You Need to Know Before You Begin Taking Plaquenil

  • Do not take Plaquenil if you are allergic to hydroxychloroquine sulfate or any similar drugs such as chloroquine.

  • If you are taking digoxin or drugs for diabetes, Plaquenil may affect their blood level and their dose may need to be adjusted.

  • Plaquenil crosses the placenta (the organ that allows the mother's oxygen and nutrients to pass to the unborn baby), you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.

  • Plaquenil passes to breast milk, you should tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

  • Plaquenil may cause irreversible damage to the retina (the back of the eye where vision is created). You are required to have an eye exam before taking Plaquenil, then a follow-up as often as needed while taking Plaquenil. You should contact the doctor immediately if you experience any of the following visual problems: blurred vision, seeing halos around lights, especially at night, seeing light flashes and streaks, night blindness, visual field loss, change in eye colour (eye pigmentation), difficulty focusing eye, difficulty reading (skipped words).

  • If you experience blurred vision when taking Plaquenil, do not drive or participate in activities requiring alertness.

  • Tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease.

  • This medication should only be used by the person for whom it is prescribed.

  • Protect your skin from the sun with appropriate clothing and sunscreen cream with a SPF 30 rating when going outdoors.


About Plaquenil

  • Plaquenil is a white to off-white, film-coated and peanut-shaped pill with 'PLAQUENIL' in black print on one side.

  • Each pill contains 200 mg of hydroxychloroquine sulfate (which is the “active" or “medicinal" ingredient—the part of the pill that treats the disease or illness).

  • Plaquenil is manufactured by sanofi-aventis Canada Inc. (toll free # 1-800-265-7927).


Why Plaquenil Is Prescribed and Plaquenils Expected Effects

Plaquenil is used for:

  • The treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA): inflammation of the joints, characterized by stiffness, swelling and pain.

  • The treatment of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): disease where a person's normal immunity is upset which may cause problems in other organs of the body.

  • The treatment of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE): similar to SLE except it only affects the skin.

  • The prevention and treatment of acute attacks of certain forms of malaria: an infectious disease caused by the presence of parasites in red blood cells.

How it works in the body to treat RA, SLE, and discoid lupus is unknown. Optimal improvement from Plaquenil may take up to six months.


How to Use Plaquenil Safely

  • Plaquenil should be taken with a glass of water on a full stomach or a glass of milk to reduce the chance of stomach upset.

  • If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. But if it's within twelve hours of your next dose, skip the one you missed and take only the regularly scheduled dose. Never take a double dose.

  • Take Plaquenil exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The dosage prescribed to you by your doctor will be based on the fact that the risk of damage to the eye (retinal toxicity) is small with daily doses of up to 6.5 mg/kg ideal (lean) body weight.

  • Should you have a serious change of health at any point while taking Plaquenil, see your doctor.

  • If Plaquenil completely controls your disease, talk to your doctor about the possibility of reducing your daily dose. Never reduce the dosage without talking with your doctor first.


Side Effects for Plaquenil and What to Do About Them

Whether you will experience side effects before starting a medication therapy will be unknown to you and your physician. Each person taking a medication has a different experience, depending on their genetic makeup, past and present health status, and lifestyle. Some individuals may experience minor side effects, and a very few may experience serious side effects. The vast majority experiences no side effects at all.

The Side Effect Symptom How Common is the Side Effect What to Do YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SIDE EFFECTS.
Nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, stomach cramps, loss or lack of appetite (anorexia) Common These symptoms usually stop immediately by reducing the dose or stopping treatment. If symptom persists or is severe, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before stopping your medication.
Vomiting Rare You can reduce the chance of vomiting by taking with food or just before bed.
Blurred vision, inability to focus, or seeing halos This implies damage to the cilia or the eyes' nerves and muscles. This damage is reversible. Rare Difficulty in focusing may happen at the start of taking Plaquenil. It usually disappears within 3 weeks without stopping the Plaquenil. If symptoms do not disappear contact your physician.
Permanent damage to vision Visual problem: blurred vision, difficulty focusing, seeing halos around lights, especially at night, seeing light flashes and streaks, night blindness, visual field loss, change in eye colour (eye pigmentation, difficulty focusing eye, difficulty reading (skipped words)   Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the symptoms listed.
Headache, dizziness Uncommon The symptoms may stop while continuing to take Plaquenil. Sometimes, your doctor must reduce the dose. Occasionally, Plaquenil must be stopped.
Rash Common A rash can happen due to allergy. Generally, this occurs within 1–4 weeks of starting Plaquenil. Rash usually disappears when Plaquenil is stopped; talk to your doctor or pharmacist before stopping your medication.
Itchy rash or severe rash Very rare
Hair loss, bleaching of hair, loss of skin pigment or increase in skin pigment (bluish-black colour) Uncommon to very rare These side effects may lead to stopping Plaquenil because of the cosmetic effects; talk to your doctor or pharmacist before stopping your medication.
Severe breathing problem (bronchospasm, angioedema)   Seek medical help immediately.
Ringing in the ears, decreased hearing Uncommon Symptoms may get better with reduction in the dose; talk to your doctor or pharmacist before stopping your medication.
Increased sensitivity to sunlight Very rare Skin rash due to sunlight can be reduced by appropriate use of sunscreen creams.
Muscle weakness Uncommon Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before stopping your medication.
Heart problems Rare Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before stopping your medication.
Change in liver function Rare See your doctor.
Lowered blood counts or cell counts Rare Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before stopping your medication.
Convulsions Uncommon Plaquenil must be stopped if convulsions are due to Plaquenil; talk to your doctor or pharmacist before stopping your medication.
Nervousness, emotional lability Uncommon Call your doctor if these symptoms are severe.
Psychosis Uncommon See your doctor.

What to Do if You Overdose

Overdosing on Plaquenil is dangerous.

Overdose symptoms include headache, drowsiness, blurred or double vision, cardiovascular (heart) collapse, muscle weakness, convulsions and serious trouble breathing.

Someone who has taken an overdose should be taken immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room. If possible, before transportation to the hospital, try to make the person vomit by giving them a glass of warm water with 3 teaspoons of salt or 1 spoonful of dried mustard in it to get any remaining drug out of the stomach.


Plaquenil and Other Medications

Talk to your doctor if you are taking or going to take any other medications, including those obtained without prescription, vitamins and natural health products. Some medicines may interact with Plaquenil:

  • If you are taking both Plaquenil and digoxin, your doctor may decide to check the level of digoxin in your blood.

  • If you are taking Plaquenil and are on a medication to control diabetes mellitus [high blood sugars], there is a small chance of developing unusually low blood sugars, resulting in hunger pains, rapid heart rate, dizziness, and rarely, loss of consciousness.

  • Plaquenil has been used safely in combination with salicylates (aspirin), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, methotrexate and corticosteroids.


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