Even then we often have our symptoms treated long before they feel confident in making a Lupus diagnosis. all lupus type blood testing has came back negative as well two skin biopsies. People often have some intestinal issues when first starting plaquenil - things generally settle down in a few days. Also, it's good to have at least a few bites of food with it. It takes a rheumotologist to completely diagnose and treat Lupus. Skin cancer side effect of plaquenil Lysosomal inhibitor chloroquine Plaquenil and muscle relaxers interactions Chloroquine nurses responsibility Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil, chloroquine Aralen, and quinacrine Atabrine are medications that were originally used to prevent or treat malaria. However, during World War II it was also found that these medications were effective in treating the symptoms of lupus. 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. Today, Plaquenil and other antimalarials are also used to treat and help prevent symptoms caused by certain autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis RA, systemic lupus erythematosus, and discoid lupus, even though these diseases are not caused by malaria parasites. Or, like Lynnwood said, a doctor may try us on a medication to see if our response to it is diagnostically useful. I have sun induced rashes and painful hip joints and burning in the very low back area. Also, is intestinal distress a side effect of plaquenil?? What is plaquenil supposed to do to help lupus Hair loss and Plaquenil? DailyStrength, Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil Plaquenil and daypro used together Plaquenil is also an antirheumatic medicine and is used to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus. Important information. Taking Plaquenil long-term or at high doses may cause irreversible damage to the retina of your eye. Plaquenil Uses, Dosage & Side Effects -. Plaquenil What You Need to Know - Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus. Plaquenil Dosage Guide -. Plaquenil is a DMARD which has been prescribed for years to treat rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases. When the first biologic DMARD received FDA-approval in 1998, and as other biologics followed in subsequent years, it appeared as though Plaquenil would become less prescribed. Plaquenil is supposed to help reduce lupus flares yet you don't have a diagnosis so I'm a bit confused as to why your rheumatologist is conducting an experiment with you. When I first went on it I was also told it would take a few months to notice anything but after a few months nothing really happened. While those of us with lupus never truly find anything to relieve fatigue, plaquenil is suppose to help with fatigue rather than create more from what I understand. I'm confused about the dose you are on. You stated you take 4 pills a day? As Melissa stated plaquenil typically comes in 200mg tablets and 800 mg really seems like an aweful huge dose.