What is Hydroxychloroquine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial, used for the treatment of malaria. It may also be used to manage discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Systemic lupus erythematosus 22691 758
Rheumatoid arthritis 3643 380
Mixed connective tissue disease 632 85
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease 444 59
Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus 178 15
Sjogren's syndrome 125 60

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 168
Moderate 216
Mild 293
None 683

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxychloroquine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 117
Diarrhea 59
Blurry vision 45
Headaches 35
Stomach pain 30
Hair loss 22

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Dosage Patients Percentage
200 mg twice daily 58
200 mg daily 38
400 mg daily 35
300 mg daily 9
400 mg twice daily 5
1 tablet(s) twice daily 1
400 mg monthly 1
20 mg daily 1
200 mg every other day 1
12000 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 313
Did not seem to work 274
Doctor's advice 240
Other 113
Course of treatment ended 34
Personal research 21
Expense 18
Change in health plan coverage 17
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Duration

Currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 52

Stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 124
1 - 6 months 156
6 months - 1 year 107
1 - 2 years 92
2 - 5 years 115
5 - 10 years 65
10 years or more 53
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1094
Usually 163
Sometimes 31
Never taken as prescribed 72
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 62
Somewhat hard to take 99
A little hard to take 170
Not at all hard to take 1029
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 11
$100-199 17
$50-99 33
$25-49 73
< $25 648
Not specified 578

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxychloroquine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Prednisone (Prednisone Intensol) 57
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 38
Azathioprine (Imuran) 10
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 8
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 8

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Patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 84
Prednisone (Prednisone Intensol) 26
Leflunomide (Arava) 22
Azathioprine (Imuran) 17
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 13

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40 patient evaluations for Hydroxychloroquine

Dec 8, 2019 (Started Feb 21, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Feb 21, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 9, 2019 (Started May 20, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Sjogren's syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea, constipation, headaches, dizziness, tinnitus)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 26, 2013 (Started May 20, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Sjogren's syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea, constipation, headaches, dizziness, tinnitus)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 3, 2013 (Started May 20, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Sjogren's syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea, constipation, headaches, dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 29, 2013 (Started May 20, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Sjogren's syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea, constipation, headaches, dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 17, 2018 (Started Nov 08, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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