What is Hydroxychloroquine?

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.

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i had chikungunya fever on 2009 during treatment i could not remember the medications even after months the Joint pain was in existence in my body so my doctor prescribed HCQS - Hydroxychloroquine sulfate 200 mg. after taking for more than 2 years the pain ultimately got reduced but suddenly it started again. only in my wrist of my left hand. Is it advisable to continue the same or go for a treatment once again. My previous family Doctor expired.
I would suggest you to get MRI of the wrist joint to see if there is anything which we are missing in wrist. If MRI turns out to be normal then you can discontinue taking these medications. If MRI report suggest something abnormal then we can treat this condition accordingly.
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i am a 48 years old . Recently i got itching and red spots on my skin. They comes and go. My doctor took some test and results wer Hamoglobin 12.5,tlc 6250,dlc neutrophils59,lympocytes 36 monocytes02,eosinophils03,basophils00,esr(wintrobe)11mm Renal Function Test serum urea 20,Serum creatinine 0.9 LFT Serum Billrubin Total 0.5,SB(Direct) 0.1 SGOAT/ast 29.0 SGPT/ALT 32 Uric Acid 5.9 And some other. She told me all are proper. Then She gave me Following medicines hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets300mg,deflazacort tablets and levocetirizine dihydrochloride and montelukast tablets. My problem is that after taking this medicine for 18 days i still get some time thease itchings. Is it allergey due to some food or something different
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Thanks for writing to us.
From the description of the lesions and treatment prescribed, you could probably be having urticaria or sun induced allergy.
In sun induced allergy one gets itchy persistent red rashes in sun exposed areas only.
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I am 74 yrs old female. suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis for the last 15 to 20 yrs hypertensive and suffer from from severe gastritis. I am on omnacortil - 5 (1/2 per day), HCQS (Hydroxychloroquine sulfate)-2 per day, osteomin -2 per day, forica - 1 per day, Dycar 2 per day, rabium 20 1 per day and neopride total - 1 in the evening and tricaine MPS gel twice a day before food. Now I am suffering from severe gastritis and palpitations in the chest and tremors in legs. Kindly advise
All the medications involved include both which cause and which treat gastritis.
If you have been regularly taking these medications and now have gastritis, dosage of Proton pump inhibitors might need to be increased.
Palpitations could be due to anxiety. But do meet your doctor for a cardiac...
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my husband has been diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatic and has taken prednisone for many years. His skin is very thin and easily injured and he is also in quite a bit of pain. How long can you take prednisone and are there any other products that would work better and without the bad side effects?
Dear Friend
Prednisolone is a steroid , long term treatment has many side effects , as one you are already suffering from that is thin skin.

I suppose , prednisolone can be slowly tapered , and other drug can be tried like etoricoxib , Hydroxychloroquine.

I advise you to discuss with your doctor...
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I have been diagnosed with cutaneous lupus and i dont suffer any symptoms, but I do have a rash on my elbows that come and go. It's not too painful, but looks a little scary. Do you think this is a symptom of the lupus or something else? I was on plaquinil for the lupus, but stopped taking it over a year ago. Im not really sure when the elbow thing started
Hello there!
Lupus has its dermatologic manifestation as you mentioned, so yes plaquenil is a to be continued drug for lupus and conditions like these need a constnt touch by a rheumatologist for better management

S Khan
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Do you know of any new Tx for osteo arthritis ? My wife has RA along with the osteo in the knuckles. She is on methotrexate 2.5 mg , 6 once a week, Sulfasalazine 500 mg x 6 /day, hydroxychloroquine 200mg BID, we are looking for a Tx for her osteo In both hands. No current Tx plan has been provided.
vary beneficial treatment for osteoarthritis for any joint is physiotherapy.take hot water fomentation or immersion of knuckle in hot water adding some sea solt. paraffin wax bath which is available in physiotherapy clinic is vary effective in painful joints.exercise isometric and strengthening...
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I was diagnosed today with LUPUS. I also have Diabetes 2 and narrow angle glaucoma. I am so upset about all the meds that I will need to take...and oddly more concerned with the steroids that I will have to use in my eyes, while already using latanoprost to that reduces the pressure in my eyes. I am being put on Plaquenil. Losing my vision is very scary to me...I need to do what will protect my eyes..but I feel very overwhelmed right now.
Hello.The most effective action to protect your eyes from losing vision is to apply prescribed drugs and have frequent controls by your ophthalmologist.
Your situation is not easy because you have three pathologies
that can cause loss of vision but with frequent controls, complications can be...
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Hi, I am from Australia I have been prescribed the antibiotic doxycyline for my R.A This info comes from a book called the Arthritis breakthrough written by Herny Scammel. It is recommend the dosage should be 250mgs Monday, Wednesday and Friday. However my doctor had dropped my dose down to 25mgs one these does. I need to find a doctor down my way how is well versed in this area.
Dear Friend,

Doxycycline has been found to be effected in many studies in Rheumatoid arthritis , Osteo arthritis and some other forms of arthritis.
It can be given , but main treatment has to be given.
You have not told us about the other drugs , there are many treatment options available for it...
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