I've been on plaquenil for 6 months for suspected Sjogren's syndrome (I don't have antibodies for Sjorgren's or Lupus but I do have Hashimoto's and have all the symptoms for Sjorgren's so the rheumatologist suggested a trial of plaquenil). Basically I've been on the drug since January and saw the rheumatologist on Wednesday to see how things are going. Is hydroxychloroquine safe Can plaquenil cause gout Plaquenil oct Chloroquine phosphate child's dosage malaria prophylaxis How to use Plaquenil. Hydroxychloroquine is usually taken with food or milk to prevent stomach upset. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to therapy. In children, dosage is also based on weight. Did your doctor tell you that Plaquenil will help you with hair loss? My doctor said that it may not make it grow back to where it used to be but may stop further loss. So far, it's been a month since I have been taking it but I don't see any improvement. I think the hair shedding is same ot worse. Is your hair re-growing at all? Sep 18, 2007 I currently take Celebrex and Plaquenil for RA and am having surgery soon on my foot. Dr. told me to be off my meds. one week prior to surgery, but didn’t say how long afterward. What do you suggest? Answer. Plaquenil does not need to be stopped for surgery so it can be restarted after the procedure. I do think it's helped with fatigue and muscle pain but it's hard for me to compare to Xmas as when the improvement is so gradual I think it's really hard to notice on a gradual basis. I *think* I'm improving but it's been a gradual process and I said to him that it's quite hard to tell how much of an improvement I'm feeling. How do i stop taking plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine plaquenil withdrawl? - LUPUS UK, Healthboards - Immune & Autoimmune - Lupus Plaquenil and. Hydroxychloroquine retinopathy riskWho can do plaquenil eye exams Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is considered a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug DMARD. It can decrease the pain and swelling of arthritis. It may prevent joint damage and reduce the risk of long-term disability. Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of medications that was first used to prevent and treat malaria. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil. How long to be off Celebrex adn Plaquenil for a Surgery.. Fear of Plaquenil - Autoimmune Disorders - MedHelp. I have had vision problems but they had nothing to do with plaquenil age related cataracts, effects of Sjogren's & Temporal Arteritis on optic nerve It took a good 6 months for it to kick in but when it did, the effect was dramatic. A few years ago I decided to stop taking it because I wasn't sure if it was actually doing any good. Guys, Are there side effects to stopping Plaquenil? If so, what? How soon after do you feel the effects of Sarcoidosis? Michele. I recently decided to stop taking Plaquenil because I was having constant chest pains even more so than I usually have due to Lupus. Since I have not taken it my chest feels so much better which is odd because chest pain is not listed as a side effect. Also I noticed that the Plaquenil I think was making me feel different but not in a good way.