I don't get many side effects generally, but with prednisone I DO. It does help, but this can't be a long term affair. Plaquenil is a great drug (I have no experience with it, but many people with lupus take it). I'd ask your rheumy about it and have them explain why they made that choice for you. Prednisone is an intermediate acting corticosteroid-which means it has direct anti-inflamitory properties that take effect begining in a few hours. Is plaquenil another option instead of the prednisone? It is ment to get this undercontrol now and diminish your pain. Stopping plaquenil for surgery High risk drug use icd 10 plaquenil You must also make sure to taper EXACTLY as directed by your doctor as not doing so can cause serious issues. If you are having joint pain/inflammation and kidney issues then you should take the prednisone now and continue in confirming your diagnosis of Lupus. As for the plaquenil, this is an 'old school' treatment of Lupus. One Plaquenil tablet contains 200 mg of hydroxychloroquine sulfate, which is equivalent to 155 mg base. Take Plaquenil with a meal or a glass of milk. Malaria. Prophylaxis Adults 400 mg 310 mg base once weekly on the same day of each week starting 2 weeks prior to exposure, and continued for 4 weeks after leaving the endemic area. There are guidelines on the amount of Plaquenil a person should be able to take safely in a lifetime, and Katz encourages those taking the medication to discuss this with their ophthalmologists. “I think there are some people, like Ann, whose bodies, for whatever reason, don’t metabolize drugs as well,” he says. It has not direct anti-inflamitory properties and instead works on the immune system-though the mechanism is not known. Plaq is a longer time medication it may take two months before their is a noticable difference. Should you take plaquenil with steroids Methotrexate and plaquenil -, Plaquenil - FDA prescribing information, side effects and uses Side affects of plaquenilHow does plaquenil affect the eyesPlaquenil retinal testing guidelinesMacular thinning and plaquenilPlaquenil 400 mg precio Plaquenil is the brand name for the prescription drug hydroxychloroquine. It's used to treat and prevent malaria infection, and to reduce symptoms and progression of autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and others. Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine - Side Effects, Dosage.. Protecting your eyesight when taking Plaquenil Lupus.. Plaquenil and Prednisone. Oct 10, 2003 I was on steroids and plaquenil for 2 years and no one ever told me about how the would contribute to my bone loss thereby causing early onset osteoporosis. I hope you are being closely watched and monitored. Plaquenil is generally well-tolerated, but side effects are possible. Common side effects linked to Plaquenil include nausea and diarrhea. Taking the medication with food eases nausea for most people taking the drug. Less common side effects include skin rashes, hair thinning, and weakness. So she is having me start sulfasalazine---- do any of you take this and even better do any of you take this along with plaquenil and/or prednisone because until I can wean myself off the awful prednisone I will be taking all three medicines.