Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine)

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What is Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) used for?

Malaria caused by mosquito bites can be prevented or treated with Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine). The US Centers for Disease Control provides updated guidelines and travel recommendations for areas where malaria is prevalent. When traveling to malaria-prone areas, consult your doctor for the most recent information. DMARDs are drugs that treat certain diseases caused by autoimmunity, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Lupus skin problems can be reduced and arthritis swelling/pain can be prevented.

Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) FAQs

How To Use Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine)?

It is important to follow your doctor's advice regarding taking this medication by mouth exactly as directed. It should also be taken with food or milk in order to avoid stomach upset.

Because they may leave a bitter taste if broken or crushed, swallow the tablets whole. A patient's medical condition and response to treatment determine the dosage and length of treatment. As with adults, children receive their dose according to their weight.

The most benefit can be obtained from this medication when it is taken regularly. If you're going to take it daily, make sure you take it at the same time(s) every day. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully when taking this medication.

It is usually recommended that you take this medication every week as directed by your doctor to prevent malaria. To help you remember to take it, mark a calendar every week so that you don't forget. A week or two before entering the malarious area, this drug is usually started.

After leaving the area, or according to your doctor's directions, continue taking it weekly for another 4 to 8 weeks. It is important to follow the instructions given by your doctor when treating malaria.

This medication should be taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day, as directed by your doctor. The dose may be increased gradually by your doctor to prevent side effects.

Prevent diarrhea by taking hydroxychloroquine at least four hours before or after taking certain diarrhea medications (kaolin) or antacids. Hydroxychloroquine may be prevented from being absorbed fully by these products.

You should talk with your doctor before stopping taking it, especially if you are taking it to treat malaria. Taking this medication for the recommended length of time is important. Quitting too early may result in infection or a return of infection.

It can take several weeks to see an improvement in arthritis or lupus symptoms. If your condition continues or gets worse, tell your doctor.

There is a possibility that hydroxychloroquine may not be effective in preventing malaria in all cases. If you experience fever or other symptoms of illness, seek medical attention immediately. The medication you are taking might need to be changed. Avoid mosquito bites.

Plaquenil, if used long term, may contribute to an increased risk of retinal damage or eye problems. You may need routine eye exams.

Call your doctor if you experience heart rhythm problems or irregular heartbeat. This may contribute to a worsening heart problem if not treated.

What are the possible side effects of Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine)?

The most commonly reported side effects of Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) include:

  • easy bruising
  • seizures (convulsions)
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain or cramps
  • nervousness
  • headache
  • irritability
  • mood changes
  • loss of balance or coordination
  • weight loss
  • hair loss
  • unusual thoughts or behavior
  • diarrhea
  • bleeding
  • dizziness
  • blurred vision
  • skin rash
  • light sensitivity
  • itching
  • ringing in your ears
  • muscle weakness
  • seeing halos around lights
  • uncontrolled movement
  • pale skin
  • spinning sensation
  • confusion
  • twitching
  • loss of appetite

There are other side effects that may occur that are not listed on this page.

Additional information about side effects can be obtained from your physician.

What are Drug Interactions of Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine)?

Few known Drug Interactions of Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) are listed below:

A complete list of Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) Drug Interactions is not available on this page.

Consult your physician if you have any questions about this medicine's drug interactions.

How much does Plaquenil cost in Canada?

Starting price of Plaquenil 200mg cost in Canada
- 100 tabs - $108.15 USD ($1.08 per tabs)

How much is generic equivalent Hydroxychloroquine cost in Canada?

Starting price of Hydroxychloroquine 200mg cost in Canada
- 10 tab - $10.50 USD ($1.05 per tab)
- 30 tab - $10.50 USD ($0.35 per tab)
- 60 tab - $21.00 USD ($0.35 per tab)
- 90 tab - $31.50 USD ($0.35 per tab)
- 100 tab - $35.00 USD ($0.35 per tab)

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