Plaquenil is an antiparasitic agent and an immune suppressant that is mainly used as an antimalarial medication.
How It Works
Plaquenil is a synthetic antimalarial agent that can reduce inflammation in the body. This can make a malarial infection less severe and facilitate complete recovery. The mechanism of action of this drug is not well known or understood.
Plaquenil is used to treat people with malaria. It’s also used as a prevention tool.
The anti-inflammation properties that help people recover from malaria has benefits for lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis as well. However, it’s used for these conditions only if other medications don’t work.
Plaquenil dosage varies between patients. Your doctor will prescribe you the correct amount.
Taking doses of this drug may cause stomach upset. Therefore, it’s advised to take Plaquenil with milk or food.
This medication is usually taken by mouth one day per week for malaria. You will need to take this drug the same day each week. Mark your calendar or set up reminders on your mobile phone to help you remember.
For other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, you will need to take Plaquenil by the mouth once or twice per day. Once the condition is treated, dosage is typically lowered before stopping the medication.
Do not abruptly stop taking Plaquenil. It may make your condition worse or create complications.
Take Plaquenil exactly as it is prescribed to you. Change the amount of dosage or frequency only if a doctor instructs you to do so.
It may take your several weeks to months to enjoy the complete benefits of this medication. You must take the medication as instructed until then.
Plaquenil may cause any one of the following side effects:
Loss of appetite
Side effects usually disappear once your body gets used to the drug. However, inform you doctor immediately if side effects get worse or don’t disappear.
Do not take this drug if you are allergic to any of the listed ingredients.
If you have certain problems in the eye, such as retinal visual field problems, you should not take Plaquenil.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of the following: blood disorders like porphyria, genetic deficiency disorders, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or skin problems like atopic dermatitis. Plaquenil may not be safe for you to take with these conditions.
It’s recommended to avoid prolonged sun exposure when taking Plaquenil as this medication can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Avoid tanning booths as well.
Do not breastfeed when being treated with this medication.
It’s not recommended to use Plaquenil when pregnant or planning to get pregnant. Pregnant women are advised to try another medication before taking Plaquenil.
If Plaquenil causes dizziness as a side effect, you should not operate machinery, drive or engage in any other activity that requires you to be alert.
Taking alcohol when being treated with Plaquenil may increase your risk for liver damage or liver problems.