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 2112 740
Rheumatoid arthritis 1024 374
Mixed connective tissue disease 183 82
Sjogren's syndrome 108 59
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease 97 56

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  • Major
  • 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 215
Mild 288
None 656

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxychloroquine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 115
Diarrhea 58
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 86
400 mg daily 56
200 mg daily 52
400 mg twice daily 13
300 mg daily 10
40000 mg twice daily 3
600 mg daily 2
80000 mg twice daily 2
1 tablet(s) twice daily 1
400 mg monthly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 299
Did not seem to work 250
Doctor's advice 227
Other 110
Course of treatment ended 29
Personal research 20
Expense 18
Change in health plan coverage 16
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Duration

Currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 63
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 77

Stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 124
1 - 6 months 156
6 months - 1 year 104
1 - 2 years 92
2 - 5 years 116
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 53
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1070
Usually 156
Sometimes 31
Never taken as prescribed 70
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 62
Somewhat hard to take 98
A little hard to take 165
Not at all hard to take 1002
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 11
$100-199 17
$50-99 31
$25-49 70
< $25 638
Not specified 560

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxychloroquine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Prednisone (Deltasone) 53
Methotrexate (Trexall) 36
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 8
Azathioprine (Imuran) 7
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 7

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Patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Methotrexate (Trexall) 52
Prednisone (Deltasone) 17
Leflunomide (Arava) 16
Azathioprine (Imuran) 13
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 8

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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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