Drug Name: PLAQUENIL
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE - ORAL (hi-DROX-ee-KLOR-oh-kwin)
COMMON PLAQUENIL BRAND NAME(S):
PLAQUENIL SIDE EFFECTS:
Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, cramps, loss of appetite, diarrhea, tiredness, weakness or headache may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: vision changes (such as blurred vision, trouble seeing at night or problems focusing clearly), ringing in the ears, difficulty hearing. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, breathing trouble. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
HOW TO USE PLAQUENIL:
PLAQUENIL: Take PLAQUENIL with food to prevent stomach upset. Take PLAQUENIL exactly as prescribed. Do not stop taking it without consulting your doctor. It is important to continue taking this for the length of time prescribed. Stopping therapy too soon may not treat the infection and can lead to a reinfection. While taking PLAQUENIL, your doctor may schedule lab tests to check your eyesight, hearing and blood.
PLAQUENIL is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus; and to treat or prevent malaria.
Tell your doctor if you have: liver disease, blood disorders, psoriasis, allergies (especially drug allergies). PLAQUENIL should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Since small amounts of PLAQUENIL are found in breast milk; consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
PLAQUENIL DRUG INTERACTIONS:
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include blurred vision; severe drowsiness or dizziness; fainting; irregular heartbeat; headache; excessive excitability; slow, shallow breathing; seizures; and loss of consciousness.
Children are very sensitive to the effects of this medication. It is important to keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.
MISSED PLAQUENIL DOSE:
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and heat. Do not store in the bathroom.