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Fast Facts about Plaquenil

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Plaquenil is often used to treat mild Rheumatoid Arthritis or in combination with other drugs when treating more severe diseases. It is commonly used to manage multiple complications of Lupus and connective tissue disorders.

It is a relatively safe medication, though regular monitoring by an ophthalmologist is recommended while taking this drug. Although vision problems and loss of sight while taking Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) for the treatment of Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis are very rare, notify your doctor if you notice any changes in your vision. Your doctor also may suggest regular eye exams while taking this medication. Visual changes experienced by the patient early on, or seen early during regular eye exams, usually improve after stopping the medication if your ophthalmologist feels they were due to the medication.

If you are pregnant or are considering having a child, discuss this with your doctor before taking the medication. Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) is considered a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD), because it can decrease the pain and swelling of Rheumatoid Arthritis and it may prevent joint damage and reduce the risk of long-term disability.

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