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Overview of Hydroxychloroquine

What is the Hydroxychloroquine?

Hydroxychloroquine is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic medication (DMARD). It regulates the function of the immune system, which can be hyperactive in certain diseases. Hydroxychloroquine may alter the underlying pathology rather than just treating symptoms.


Hydroxychloroquine is used for treating:

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • discoid and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).

In the long term, Hydroxychloroquine may reduce swelling, pain, and stiffness in joints. If you have lupus, this medication may help to reduce the eruption. It could take as long as 12 weeks before you begin to notice the positive effects.

Hydroxychloroquine is usually used in conjunction with other medications, such as methotrexate.

Are there any other reasons why I shouldn't get Hydroxychloroquine?

Before you begin treatment with Hydroxychloroquine, your doctor might conduct blood tests to confirm that your kidneys and liver are functioning normally. However, you will not require regular examinations for blood during treatment.

The doctor will inquire about any issues with your eyesight and recommend that you undergo an eye exam. Hydroxychloroquine will not usually be prescribed if you suffer from maculopathy, a problem with the central portion of the retina within the eye.

What is the procedure?

Hydroxychloroquine 200mg UK can be available in tablet form. It is taken in conjunction with or following food.

Your physician will guide you on the appropriate dosage. In general, you'll begin with an entire dose of 200-400 mg per day, but in the future, your doctor might lower the amount. If your condition is well controlled, you might be advised only to take Hydroxychloroquine 3-4 times a week.

How long will it take to get started?

Hydroxychloroquine won't take effect immediately. It could take up to 12 weeks before you see any benefits. Since it's a long-term therapy, it is essential to continue using Hydroxychloroquine until you've experienced severe side effects:

  • regardless of whether it does appear to be working initially
  • Even if your symptoms are improving (to keep the illness at bay).

The effects of other treatments

Hydroxychloroquine is often used in conjunction with other medications that can treat disease, like methotrexate, which is particularly effective for rheumatoid arthritis.

However, certain drugs could be a problem for Hydroxychloroquine. Treatments for indigestion (for example, antacids, including various over-the-counter remedies) may hinder Hydroxychloroquine's absorption ability. It's suggested to keep at least 4 hours following taking Hydroxychloroquine before you start taking an indigestion cure.

Discuss any new medication with your physician before starting the treatment. Make sure to mention that the Hydroxychloroquine you're taking is being treated by someone other than your regular healthcare team.

It is possible to continue using a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) and painkillers if you need to or are recommended by your doctor unless you are advised the opposite.

Avoid taking over-the-counter medicines and herbal cures without talking it over first with your doctor.

Breastfeeding and pregnancy

It is recommended to discuss the medication you are taking with your doctor when you're planning to get an infant, pregnant, or thinking about nursing.

According to current guidelines, the Hydroxychloroquine drug can be used during pregnancy. It is generally recommended to stick to taking it to avoid the possibility of a flare-up in your condition since the benefits are usually more significant than the risk.

You may also breastfeed when you're taking Hydroxychloroquine. Very little of the drug gets into the milk of your baby, and there's no evidence that it affects the infant.


There's not any known relationship between alcohol and Hydroxychloroquine

If you're taking methotrexate, you must stay within limits recommended by your doctor (no more significant than fourteen units of alcohol-related alcohol per day for people of all ages) because methotrexate may interfere with alcohol and alter the liver. In certain situations, your doctor may recommend lower limits.


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