Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate)
What is Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate) used for?
Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate) is an oral medication used to treat or prevent malaria infections. It operates by destroying or weakening the parasites allowing them to be expelled from the body. Malaria is transferred through mosquito bites in certain areas of the world including Southeast Asia, South America, or central Africa. This medication may also be prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus in some cases.
How should I use Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate)?
Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate) should be taken according to your physician's instructions to get the best results. When preventing an infection, one tablet is normally taken each day one to two weeks before, during, and four to eight weeks following the trip to ensure all parasites are destroyed. Higher doses may be prescribed when treating an infection that has already begun. Your individual regimen will be determined by your physician based on the condition being treated, your current health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These doses should be swallowed with a large glass of water along with a meal to prevent nausea from occurring. Never change the form of the medication prior to use to prevent unintentionally destroying it or changing its effects. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate)?
Some patients using Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Tell your physician if you encounter any symptoms that are severe or if more serious side effects occur including confusion, muscle fatigue, blurry vision, sensitive skin, or seizures. These conditions may require immediate medical attention or cause unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your dosage.
Do not begin using Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate) if you have psoriasis, an eye abnormality, lactose intolerance, or if you are pregnant. Also inform your physician if you have porphyrias, neurological disorders, gastro-intestinal problems, blood disorders, or a G6PD deficiency as these conditions may require adjustments to your dosage to prevent unexpected problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.