I've been on plaquenil for 6 months for suspected Sjogren's syndrome (I don't have antibodies for Sjorgren's or Lupus but I do have Hashimoto's and have all the symptoms for Sjorgren's so the rheumatologist suggested a trial of plaquenil). Basically I've been on the drug since January and saw the rheumatologist on Wednesday to see how things are going. Hydroxychloroquine retina Plaquenil cyst buster There is a similar posting on Healthunlocked, "Why oh why did u stop taking plaquenil." You may want to check it out. I do go for intense eye examinations every 6 months to see if there is a difference in my eyesight from my base examine. Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. It is used to prevent and treat acute attacks of malaria. It is also used to treat discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis in patients whose symptoms have not improved with other treatments. I stopped my plaquenil on my own because I was getting severe muscle weakness An read that’s a severe side effect. Within a few weeks my flare up came back. My vitamin D was super low so I take 50,000 units An now felt better so I’m taking my plaquenil again. My muscle weakness was caused by low vitamin D. I do think it's helped with fatigue and muscle pain but it's hard for me to compare to Xmas as when the improvement is so gradual I think it's really hard to notice on a gradual basis. I *think* I'm improving but it's been a gradual process and I said to him that it's quite hard to tell how much of an improvement I'm feeling. Stopped my plaquenil What is the correct way to discontinue use of plaquenil?, Hydroxychloroquine MedlinePlus Drug Information Effects of plaquenil rx on osteoarthritisChloroquine ferroquine and ruthenoquine structureChloroquine maculopathy oct Sep 18, 2007 I currently take Celebrex and Plaquenil for RA and am having surgery soon on my foot. Dr. told me to be off my meds. one week prior to surgery, but didn’t say how long afterward. What do you suggest? Answer. Plaquenil does not need to be stopped for surgery so it can be restarted after the procedure. How long to be off Celebrex adn Plaquenil for a Surgery.. If you've stopped taking plaquenil, did you start getting.. Taking Plaquenil for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is considered a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug DMARD. It can decrease the pain and swelling of arthritis. It may prevent joint damage and reduce the risk of long-term disability. Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of medications that was first used to prevent and treat malaria. What next if plaquenil doesn't work? Support Forums. Really though in order not to have worse things happen it is what we have to do. I know it is scary but anything to stop the pain and misfunction of not being able to use my hands or move my knees or not have my ankles cave out and fall. When my doc was telling me about. the plaquenil and some symptoms I might experience, he told me to stop taking it if I felt weird in any way. ok, my tongue swelled and felt itchy and burny. Well, after day three I decided it wasn't a minor thing and called my doc. So now, no more plaquenil. I am on nothing and I'm in pain all over again. yay me.