40 patient evaluations for Hydroxychloroquine

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Nov 9, 2012 (Started Aug 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea and vomiting, pressure headaches, joint pain, confusion, blurry vision, infection, burning sensation in eyes, mouth/throat infection, problems concentrating)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily

Oct 5, 2012 (Started Aug 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (nausea and vomiting, pressure headaches, joint pain, confusion, blurry vision, infection, burning sensation in eyes, mouth/throat infection, problems concentrating)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: dont want to take these as it seriously affects my ability to study can not concentrate and have very bad headaches plus feeling weird burning in my throath and metalic taste..it makes me worst and not better at all.. no improvements for joints was taking it for 3 months aproximatelky with few days breaks because side efeects was too much feeling sick and vommitting..

Sep 26, 2012 (Started Aug 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea and vomiting, pressure headaches, joint pain, confusion, blurry vision, infection, burning sensation in eyes, mouth/throat infection, problems concentrating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: unexpected side effect..lol better skin colour..somehow not that pale anymore

Aug 30, 2012 (Started Aug 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea and vomiting, pressure headaches, joint pain, confusion, blurry vision, infection)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: I AM SICK OF TAKING TABLETS...

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 7, 2012 (Started Jan 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 2, 2012 (Started Jul 02, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Sjogren's syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Do your research many pharmaceuticals are more harmful than beneficial.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Sep 20, 2012 (Started Jun 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 11, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 28, 2012 (Started Dec 06, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Apr 9, 2012 (Started Dec 06, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Make sure you take precaution and get a yearly checkup with an optometrist for damage to your peripheral vision.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 7, 2012 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    Mild (diarrhea, skin rash)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After a few months of break from this drug, my new rheumatologist wants me back on it. So far, no side effects like last time.

Apr 19, 2012 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    Mild (diarrhea, skin rash)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I started taking hydroxychloroquine as soon as I was diagnosed with lupus. I had a lesion on my nose (a white bump) that disappeared after a month of taking the drug (the bump had been there for over a year). I had hives when I started the drug (dosage 200mg) and my doctor told me to take the drug every other day until my body got used to it. Once the hives ended, I started taking it everyday, and after a year, my dosage was increased to 400 mg. At the highest, I took 600mg, but only for 6 months, and the dosage was decreased again to 400 mg, which I took for 3 years. I just stopped the drug 2 weeks ago on my own, cold-turkey, and have had no adverse reactions. If anything, I feel and look healthier than I have in years.

  • 2 helpful marks

Jun 24, 2012 (Started Jan 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for mixed connective tissue disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (flatulence, abdominal pain, diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The best is to take this medication at night so that you sleep through any side effects, I also find drinking milk really really helps reduce side effects. Do not eat brussel sprouts with this medication unless you want your partner to kick you out of bed (toot-toot)
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Apr 21, 2012 (Started Mar 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: When I first started taking this it just helped a little so the dr doubled my dosage to my current dosage 7 then I felt amazing & had no joint pain at all for a few days & then my joint pain started coming back gradually but if I take it how I'm supposed to it does help....just nowhere near enough anymore.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 1, 2012 (Started Mar 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Highly recommended for severe joint pain
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 31, 2012 (Started Aug 25, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have had a consistently low white blood count my entire life. After taking plaquenil, my count began to normalize. I find having an alarm set right before bed time and never moving my pills from my end-table keeps me on track.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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