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Does taking Plaquinel for lupus affect the memory?

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Posted on Mon, 6 Oct 2014
Question: Hello thank you-so much : -I'm taking Plaquinel for lupus But am concerned that it may be affecting my memory; it doesn't yet bother my eyes -- wWhat are the statistics about hydochloroquine and mental health dementia long term etc.??
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
No such association

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
there is no association between hydroxychloroquine and dementia.
I was surprised by your question because I was not aware of any side effect like that and looked it up more thoroughly.
Your eyes should be your main concern (because it's more serious). There are other possible nervous system side effects like dizziness, headache etc but no direct effect on memory.
I hope you find my answer reassuring!
Kind Regards!

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Follow up: Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (7 hours later)
Dr. thanks but still have concern -as I do have more dizziness! now'! No headaches just more dizziness and a little more forgetful than before; So was worried about safety of Plaquinel for long term; better to change medication more often do you not think? as it can eventually affect the eyes too? would a my Rheumatologist know what to do ? Does plaquinel initiate some imbalance in the brain regarding" thinking clearly " ? Melody
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Please discuss the matter with your rheumatologist

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
hydroxychloroquine is very commonly used and serious side effects are rare. Many patients use it for years. Regarding your eyes, the danger is increased when you take more than 6.5 mg/Kg of your normal body weight. This is the body weight you should have according to your height.
Nervous systems side effects are rare. The thought process can be (rarely) affected when symptoms of psychosis ensue as a side effect. If you did experience side effects that upset you, the best thing you can do is discuss it with your rheumatologist. Of course he/she knows what to do.
If you have any more questions, I'll be glad to answer.
Kind Regards!
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Brief Answer: No such association Detailed Answer: Hello, there is no association between hydroxychloroquine and dementia. I was surprised by your question because I was not aware of any side effect like that and looked it up more thoroughly. Your eyes should be your main concern (because it's more serious). There are other possible nervous system side effects like dizziness, headache etc but no direct effect on memory. I hope you find my answer reassuring! Kind Regards!