It says on the bottle I can’t take an antacid for at least four hours after taking the Plaquenil. I hate heart burn:( I take a PPI (proton pump inhibitor) essentially antacid in the morning that is supposed to last all day. I would ask your pharmacist first and see if it matters whether it is just a 'tums' or medication strength. I think if it keeps happening I’ll go talk to my pharmacist to see what they recommend. Has anyone else experienced heartburn while taking Plaquenil and if so what did you do to avoid or ease the heartburn? If they are not able to give you an answer your Family Dr or Rheumatoid will know. Fortunately the heartburn goes away after a few hours, but those few hours are very uncomfortable! Hydroxy chloroquine resistant malaria Plaquenil red spots on chest Stop antibodies drug plaquenil A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment. Today on WebMD. Medications That Make You Tired. Sometimes what is suggested no antacid for 4 hours is not necessarily required if it means you can't or don't want to take your plaquenil anymore. The worry is. the antacid will affect the absorption of the plaquenil and the amount your body can absorb. But that's just the optimum way to take it, not the necessity. Dec 18, 2018 Steroid eye drops can cause an increase in IOP in people without glaucoma that doesn’t disappear even after the drops are stopped, according to Dr. Pederson. He states that a small percent of people, around 4 percent, who use steroid eye drops will develop glaucoma; these people are called steroid responders. But that's just the optimum way to take it, not the necessity. Sometimes what is suggested (no antacid for 4 hours) is not necessarily required if it means you can't or don't want to take your plaquenil anymore. the antacid will affect the absorption of the plaquenil and the amount your body can absorb. Can i take tums with plaquenil Hydroxychloroquin and acid reducers - Sclero Forums MAIN., Plaquenil and heartburn rheumatoid Plaquenil white hair I had to start taking Tums for the Calcium in combination with Fosamax. The pharmacist told me to take it two hours before or after the Plaquenil as it might interfere with the absorption of the Plaquenil. Has anyone else been told this? I do know antiacid meds can affect the absorption of other meds. Plaquenil Arthritis Information. List of Medications to Avoid With Glaucoma Healthfully. Hydroxychloroquine tablets. Two days now I've taken the Pepcid, then an hour later took the Plaquenil and it's working great. I didn't even eat this morning and didn't have a problem. BTW I talked to two pharmacists and both said that it's okay to take with the plaquenil. I started taking Plaquenil 4 weeks ago for non specific autoimmune disease as indicated by ANA. Symptoms were low grade temperature off and on for a year, joint pain and fatigue. I have already felt some relief. Some nauseau at first but less problem with fever and joint pain. But, now I have started having stomach cramps and diarrhea. Feb 24, 2008 The reason for not taking antacids for an hour or so either side of taking Plaquenil is that they reduce absorption I think it's the same for other meds not just Plaquenil. And of course for herbals, supplements and even foodstuffs in some cases like grapefruit juice.