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Plaquenil

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Plaquenil is prescribed for the treatment of certain auto-immune diseases.
Plaquenil is prescribed for the treatment of patients whose skin has been damaged by sunlight, or who suffer from certain skin disorders which are worsened by exposure to sunlight.
Plaquenil is prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Plaquenil is prescribed to treat patients suffering from long term skin inflammations or inflammations of certain internal organs (systemic lupus erythematosus) or from related affections (such as scleroderma).

Plaquenil is prescribed for the prevention and treatment of certain forms of malaria.

Plaquenil is also prescribed to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis such as swelling, inflammation, stiffness, and joint pain. It is also prescribed for lupus erythematosus, a chronic inflammation of the connective tissue.

Contraindications

Plaquenil is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Gastrointestinal disorders;
- Including porphyria and other genetically transmitted disorders;
- Liver or kidney impairment;
- Neurological disorders;
- Or to patients with G6PD deficiency;
- Psoriasis or severe blood-related disorders;

Side Effects

Plaquenil side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Constipation;
- Corneal affections;
- Diarrhea;
- Gastric discomfort;
- Hair loss;
- Or gastric disorders including vomiting and nausea;
- Photophobia;
- Rashes;
- Skin pigmentation changes;
- Vertigo and balance disturbances;
- Vision blurring;
- Worsening of certain skin conditions (such as psoriasis) if present;

Plaquenil side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Weight Loss;
- Weariness;
- Vomiting;
- Vertigo;
- Skin Rash;
- Skin Inflammation And Scaling;
- Skin Eruptions;
- Ringing In The Ears;
- Reading Difficulties;
- Psoriasis (Dry Scaly Red Skin Patches);
- Nightmares;
- Nervousness;
- Nausea;
- Muscle Weakness And Wasting;
- Muscle Paralysis;
- Mild Headache;
- Loss Or Lack Of Appetite;
- Loss Of Hair;
- Liver Problems Or Failure;
- Light Intolerance;
- Light Flashes And Streaks;
- Lack Or Loss Of Appetite;
- Itching;
- Irritability;
- Involuntary Eyeball Movement;
- Hives;
- Heart Problems;
- Hearing Loss;
- Headache;
- Halos Around Lights;
- Foggy Vision;
- Eye Muscle Paralysis;
- Excessive Coloring Of The Skin;
- Emotional Changes;
- Dizziness;
- Diminished Reflexes;
- Difficulty Focusing The Eyes;
- Diarrhea;
- Decreased Vision;
- Convulsions;
- Blurred Vision;
- Blood Disorders;
- Blisters In Mouth And Eyes;
- Blind Spots;
- Bleaching Of Hair;
- Anemia;
- Acne;
- Abnormal Eye Pigmentation;
- Abdominal Cramps;

Overdose

Reported Plaquenil overdose symptoms are:
- Breathing problems and vision disturbances These are not the only symptoms that may appear;
- Convulsions;
- Drowsiness;
- Headache;
- Heart problems and heart failure;
- Possibly even lethal;
- The short term and long term consequences of an overdose may be severe;

Other Brand Names

In some countries Plaquenil may also be known as:
- Apo-Hydroxyquine;
- Axokine;
- Dolquine;
- Ercoquin;
- Evoquin;
- Hydroquin;
- Hydroxychloroquine;
- Metirel;
- Narbon;
- Oxiklorin;
- Polirreumin;
- Quensyl;
- Reuquinol;

Dosage.

ADULTS

Restraint or Prevention of Malaria

The usual dose is 400 mg taken once every 7 days on exactly the same day of each week. If circumstances permit, preventive therapy should begin 2 weeks prior to exposure. If this is not possible, your doctor will have you take a starting dose of 800 mg, which may be divided into 2 doses taken 6 hours apart. You should continue this suppressive therapy for 8 weeks after leaving the area where malaria occurs.

Acute Attack of Malaria

The usual starting dose is 800 mg, to be followed by 400 mg in 6 to 8 hours and 400 mg on each of 2 consecutive days.

Alternatively, your doctor may prescribe a single dose of 800 mg.

Lupus Erythematosus

The usual starting dose for adults is 400 mg once or twice daily. You will continue to take this dose for several weeks or months, depending on your response. For longer-term maintenance therapy, your doctor may reduce the dose to 200 to 400 mg per day.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

The usual starting dose for adults is 400 to 600 mg a day taken with a meal or a glass of milk. If your condition improves, usually within 4 to 12 weeks, your doctor will reduce the dose to a maintenance level of 200 to 400 mg daily.

CHILDREN

For the treatment of malaria, your doctor will calculate the dosage on the basis of your child's weight.

This drug has not been proved safe for treatment of juvenile arthritis.
(c) 2017