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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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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hi. i read instructions inproperly and gave my 10 week old baby triple dose of 125mg/5ml flucloxacillin...:{

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‘Flucloxacillin’ is an antibiotic usually used for staphylococcal infection in newborn and infants.
The usual oral dose is 25 mg/kg every 6 - 8 hourly to a maximum of 50 mg/kg per dose.
It can cause liver and kidney toxicity and gastrointestinal side effects...
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I am 51 and taking sazo 1000mg with hcqs 200mg twice a day for past one month. Please tell future side affects of these. Further I have also been advised methotrexate 10 mg and Folvite 5 mg once a week. Please tell what are these medicines for and its side affects if any.
Please also tell how long should I continue with above medicine. Can the dose/ frequency be changed depending on the severeness of pain.
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Sazo(sulfasalazine) and hcqs(hydroxychloroquine) are drugs used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Some minor side effects are headache,anorexia,nausea,vomiting,diarrhoea, abdominal discomfort etc.

With hydroxychloroquine, sensitivity to light,...
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I have undifferentiated autoimmune disorder, but for about 6-8 weeks, I have been feeling so sick. nauseated all the time, stomach hurts, achy everywhere, lightheaded, and exhausted. My hands have been hurting too, a lot and so are my hips. I have these symptoms on and off, but they feel way worse than ever and I don't usually get all this all at the same time.
Thanks for posting your query.
You have a collection of symptoms which I am sure are quite difficult to put together. I am sure this is creating a significant amount of anxiety and we will work on that here today.
Everything you describe here sounds like most likely a benign type of viral...
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My Blood test results ALT 59, XXXXXXX Screen IFA Positive: XXXXXXX Pattern Homogenous XXXXXXX TITER 1:40
Chronic fatigue+ Illness
What do you think?

Female, 55, 210 lbs.
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Thanks for your query.
XXXXXXX titer of 1:40 is Negative . Usually a titer of >1:80 is considered Positive.
XXXXXXX screen IFA Positive and the pattern is Homogenous which suggest the possibilty of SLE, but it can be present in normal individuals also .
So now the Diagnosis is depended on...
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is it safe for the man to have oral sex and intercourse with a female on oral methotrexate?
is the drug excreted in vaginal fluids?
dx of Rheum. Arthritis 2 weeks ago on prednisolone and plaquenil and folic acid.

The excretion of methotrexate in body fluids is minimal.

So the amount ingested through oral intake of vaginal fluid should also be negligible.
There should be no side effects of the drug.

So it is quite safe.

I hope I have answered your query. Do write back if you have more concerns....
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