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HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Plaquenil) [hi-drox-ee-CLOR-oh-kwin]
How to use this medication
Hydroxychloroquine is a medication used to treat different types of arthritis. While taking this medicine it is important to have your eyes checked at least once a year.
It only comes in 200 mg tablets. The usual dose is between one and two tablets per day (200 to 400 mg per day).
It will take 8 to 12 weeks for the medicine to work. It is important for you to keep taking the medicine.
What you need to do
Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. This is to make sure the medicine isn’t affecting the back of the eye.
Side effects & important things to know
Hydroxychloroquine agrees with most people. Rarely it can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea.
Hydroxychloroquine can rarely cause a rash. Stop the medicine and let your doctor know if you develop a rash. This is rare.
Hydroxychloroquine can sometimes make the skin more sensitive to the sun. Wear sunscreen.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick and want to stop
- If you are concerned about any side effects
- If you want to or have already stopped the medicine
Other Reasons to Call your Doctor:
Other important information
You can simply stop taking hydroxychloroquine. You do not need to wean off it. Please call your doctor if you stop the medication.