What does plaquenil do for lupus patients?
Here are some of the ways in which Plaquenil is used to control lupus symptoms:
- May prevent lupus flares by as much as 50%
- Reduce muscle and joint pain
- Reduce lupus related rashes
- Protect against pleuritis (inflammation of the lining of the lungs)
- Protect against pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart)
- May prevent kidney damage
What will happen if you stop taking Plaquenil? Plaquenil stays in your body for about 3 months. If you must stop it, it will take a while for the side effects to go away. You should have an eye examination every year to prevent a very rare but serious eye problem. Less than one person in 5,000 develops the problem.
Does Plaquenil treat inflammation? Plaquenil is prescribed to treat inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other inflammatory conditions. Plaquenil is also known by its drug name, Hydroxychloroquine. Plaquenil can help reduce joint pain and inflammation, protect against joint damage, and decrease the risk of disability related to arthritis.
What drugs are used to treat lupus? Lupus is mainly treated with medicine. The types of drugs that have been used to treat lupus include NSAIDs, corticosteroids and other immune system suppressing drugs, hydroxychloroquine, and the newest lupus drug, Benlysta. Lupus medications work in different ways.
How long does it take for Plaquenil to leave your system?
How long does it take for Plaquenil to leave your system? Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) takes a long time to get out of the system – up to 18 months. Be certain you and your physician agree you should discontinue it.
How long does hydroxychloroquine stay in your system? Hydroxychloroquine has an extremely long half life of around 32 days. This means that every 32 days, half of the previous amount of hydroxychloroquine in the body disappears.
Do you take Plaquenil? Take Plaquenil with a meal or a glass of milk unless your doctor tells you otherwise. To treat lupus or arthritis, Plaquenil is usually taken daily. To prevent malaria: Plaquenil is usually taken once per week on the same day each week. Start taking the medicine 2 weeks before entering an area where malaria is common.