The pharmacist said there wont be any danger just stopping it. Has anyone gone off the plaquenil and what happened? I was put on Plaquenil for RA as I was being dx for lupus. My rhuemy wants me to stop every time I have an infection. Best of luck, Creekbank My mom said she read that plaquenil is mainly used for the discoid lupus and people with the joint pain. Right now my hips are the only thing that is really bothering me my knees are now starting to act up..... Can you take plaquenil and osteobioflex triple Eye report for hydroxychloroquine I can't believe you were told to stop taking plaquenil after only 6 months since it can take up to one YEAR to achieve full benefits! I don't know much about any sort of withdrawal but if I were you I'd start taking it again. I'd also have your thyroid checked. I'm hypothyroid and take levo along with he plaquenil. Plaquenil stays in your body for about 3 months. If you must stop it, it will take a while for the side effects to go away. You should have an eye examination every year to prevent a very rare but serious eye problem. I also had to stop taking Plaquenil. I noticed some effects right away, but it stays in your system for about 6 months after you stop. For me, it was about 7 months after I stopped taking it that things got really bad. There is no taper needed or withdrawal, but if it has been helping you, you may have increased symptoms by the time you go for your next appointment. If so, you would likely be able to get a prescription from that doctor for one month's supply to tide you over. I have only taken it once, so I am not sure what the results will be. I stopped mine and went into a life threatening flare - I would call your PCP to get a refill You may be fine or not- depends on if your illness has been lurking in the background waiting for an opportunity to launch an attack Louters, I went to see a new rheum and he took me off the Plaquenil to see what symptoms would show. I agree with poobie and would call your pcp to get a refill if possible. How to stop taking plaquenil What will happen if you stop taking plaquenil - Answers, Lupus Medicines Hydroxychloroquine - Brigham and Women's. Plaquenil photosensitivity rashHydroxychloroquine sulfate 200 mg pilPlaquenil polymyalgia rheumatica If the patient manifests the toxicity symptoms of Plaquenil, the standard of care is to stop taking the medication and to change the medication the patient is taking. Possible coordination with the dermatologist or the rheumatologist may be required for the continuous care. Ammonium chloride may be given for serious sensitivity or overdosage. Plaquenil Toxicity - Symptoms, Treatment, Risk Factors.. If you've stopped taking plaquenil, did you start getting.. Protecting your eyesight when taking Plaquenil Lupus.. If you are taking hydroxychloroquine for symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, your symptoms should improve within 6 months. If your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms do not improve, or if they worsen, stop taking the drug and call your doctor. Once you and your doctor are sure the drug works for you. Fortunately, the problems seen by people taking this medication are usually very mild. Serious side effects are rare. Overall, most people who have any noticeable side effects from hydroxychloroquine experience diarrhea or nausea. These usually get better after the person adjusts to the medication, and taking the drug with food can help, as well. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so. The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses.