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Hydroxychloroquine Questions

Have you or a loved one been prescribed Hydroxychloroquine? Do you know what Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat? Are you having side effects from Hydroxychloroquine? Do you need to know if a medication can be taken with Hydroxychloroquine? Experts can clarify these types of questions.

What is Hydroxychloroquine?

Hydroxychloroquine is a medication used to prevent and/or treat malaria. This is an infection caused from mosquito bites. There are certain types of malaria that Hydroxychloroquine can be helpful with. These types of malaria are known as Chlorquine-resistant. Normally Hydroxychloroquine is used along with other medications, to treat autoimmune disease. These can include Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Hydroxychloroquine is in the class of medication known as Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs). It can help decrease certain skin problems with Lupus such as pain and swelling.

What are side effect from Hydroxychloroquine?

Hydroxychloroquine has effects that individuals need, but also have many unnecessary effects. Side effects are not normally seen when the medication is used for short periods. Now if the medication is used in high doses or for an extended period of time side effects are more likely. Not all of the side effects will occur, but if some do a doctor should be consulted.
• Blurred vision this could start with the use of the medication and could get worse when discontinued.
• Ringing in the ears
• Seizures
• Muscle weakness
• Sore throat
• Fever
• Abnormal tiredness
• Mild to severe bruising
• Unusual bleeding
• Mental and mood changes
• Drowsiness
• Migraines and headaches

These are just some of the side effects that can affect a person taking Hydroxychloroquine. For more information about this medication read below were Experts have answered several questions.

Can Ibuprofen and Hydroxychloroquine be taken together for psoriatic arthritis? Can these medications cause weakness, heavy arms and fatigue?

Ibuprofen and Hydroxychloroquine are safe to be taken together. Psoriatic arthritis is normally treated by NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) such as Ibuprofen. Hydroxychloroquine is normally not used with psoriatic arthritis because it can cause Exfoliative dermatitis or the worsening of psoriatic arthritis. The Plaquenil in the Hydroxychloroquine can cause symptoms such as muscular pains, aches, fatigue and symptoms can become worse.

Can the combination of Iron and Hydroxychloroquine cause abdominal cramps?

Generally, these two medications can be taken safely together. In rare cases these medications can cause unwanted symptoms such as loose stools, nausea and abdominal cramping. It is quite common for iron to cause the cramping on its own, however so can Hydroxychloroquine. If hives appear then a doctor should be consulted right away. It could be a good idea to discontinue the medications for awhile to see if the symptoms get better.

Can Hydroxychloroquine cause the calf to swell?

Normally swelling in the calf is from a blood clot. A Doppler ultrasound should be done to rule out blood clots. In the case that there is not blood clot, then Hydroxychloroquine could be the reason. The medication should be discontinued until a doctor is seen to determine the cause.

Hydroxychloroquine is a medication used to treat or prevent malaria. This medication can be used along with other medicines. Hydroxychloroquine can help with several symptoms, but can also have some of its own side effects. For more information about Hydroxychloroquine individuals can contact an Expert.
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