Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: arm/leg/back pain, fast/irregular heartbeat, hair loss/color change, mental/mood changes (e.g., anxiety, depression, hallucinations), ringing in the ears/hearing loss, worsening of skin conditions (e.g., psoriasis).
Can plaquenil cause hair loss?
1. Severe alopecia areata: >75% loss of scalp hair or alopecia areata totalis: 100% loss of scalp hair above with or without loss of body hair (alopecia universalis) 2.
Plaquenil for Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis.Condition or diseaseIntervention/treatmentPhaseAlopecia AreataDrug: HydroxychloroquinePhase 4
What are the long term side effects of Plaquenil?
Taking Plaquenil long-term or at high doses may cause irreversible damage to the retina of your eye.
Common Plaquenil side effects may include:
- headache, dizziness;
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
- loss of appetite, weight loss;
- feeling nervous or irritable;
- skin rash or itching; or.
- hair loss.
What does plaquenil do to your body?
How does Plaquenil work? Plaquenil changes the way your immune system works. In some kinds of lupus, your immune system attacks your body instead of protecting it. Plaquenil tries to quiet or slow down the immune system.
Who should not take Plaquenil?
Do not take Plaquenil if you have previously experienced changes in your eyesight when taking medicines for rheumatoid arthritis or malaria. Plaquenil should not be used in children under 6 years. Plaquenil should not be used in children over 6 years for long periods.
Does hair grow back after plaquenil?
Generally as a drug-related side effect, hair loss is not drastic and the hair does not fall out in patches. And it usually grows back after you stop taking the drug.
Can I stop taking Plaquenil cold turkey?
They should not stop taking the drug on their own without the help of their medical provider. Plaquenil stays in the body for around three months and it may take a while for side effects to go away. There is no official data regarding hydroxychloroquine or Plaquenil withdrawal symptoms.
Is plaquenil an anti inflammatory?
What is Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil®)? Hydroxychloroquine is used in the treatment of arthritis to help relieve inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain and also to help control the symptoms of lupus erythematosus (lupus; SLE). A common brand name for hydroxychloroquine is Plaquenil®.
What are the negative effects of hydroxychloroquine?
Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dizziness, or headache may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Does plaquenil make you gain weight?
Weight gain, on the other hand, isn’t a known side effect of Plaquenil. If you have changes in body weight while you’re taking Plaquenil, talk with your doctor. They can recommend ways to help you manage a body weight that’s healthy for you.
Does plaquenil affect your heart?
FDA said the side effects have included “abnormal heart rhythms such as QT interval prolongation, dangerously rapid heart rate called ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation, and in some cases, death.”
Can you drink alcohol while taking Plaquenil?
May I drink alcohol while taking Hydroxychloroquine? There is no particular reason for you to avoid alcohol while taking Hydroxychloroquine however do not exceed the recommended weekly alcohol limit, (for men not more than 17 units, for women not more than 11 units).
Does plaquenil affect your sleep?
Even anti-malarials, such as hydroxychloroquine, can cause sleep difficulties and strange dreams. Taking such medications earlier in the day can be helpful in mitigating these effects.
What can you not take with hydroxychloroquine?
Hydroxychloroquine should not be taken with other drugs that could cause heart arrhythmias (irregular heart rate or rhythm). Taking hydroxychloroquine with these drugs could cause dangerous arrhythmias.
Drugs that affect heart rhythm
Can you take vitamins with Plaquenil?
No interactions were found between Plaquenil and Vitamins. This does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult your healthcare provider.