Wondering About Plaquenil
Posted 17 May 2007 - 09:58 AM
Posted 17 May 2007 - 10:55 AM
Plaquenil is a wonderful medication. It's really the first line of defense for many. The way my rheumatologist described it to me, is "It will help A LOT with your fatigue and your pain, it also slows the progression of the disease down and in some folk can stop it in its tracks" I've been on it for 7 years now, I tried to go off of it twice and reduce my dosage one other time to find out I could hardly get out of bed due to pain and fatigue. It has worked wonders for me and I would recommend it.
Please let us know what you decide to do. We're here for you!
Posted 17 May 2007 - 11:30 AM
Posted 17 May 2007 - 02:38 PM
Welcome to the forums! I am glad you have found us, but sorry it is because of your scleroderma. I have been taking Plaquenil for about 4 or 5 years now and it has been a wonder drug for me. It helped so much with my fatigue and all over body pain. It took about 6 -8 weeks to work and then it was only very gradually that I noticed an improvement. I have read that Plaquenil is a DMARD (Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Disease) and that it works by decreasing internal inflammation. In general, I am very sensitive to medications and almost ALWAYS get side effects of any medication I am taking....and haven't had any with the Plaquenil.
I hope this has helped. Again, welcome!
Posted 17 May 2007 - 03:47 PM
Welcome to the forum! As the rest of these folks have said, Plaquenil does do good things for RA type symptoms such as body pain and fatigue.
I would'nt be too worried about Plaquenil, if your Doctor wants you to start it in order for you to get some relief. However if you don't have any joint pain than I am not sure why the Dr. would prescribe it for you.
Here is a link from the ISN that list some good information about Plaquenil. Hydroxychloroquine is the generic name for this medication.
Posted 17 May 2007 - 08:14 PM
By the way, welcome to the forums, Michelle. As you can see everyone here is really good about sharing their experiences and information. While many people on the forums (as you can see from the answers in this thread) have found relief from Plaquenil, it is good to understand the risks before making a decision with your doctors about any drug.
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 12:22 AM