What is Hydroxychloroquine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Plaquenil Hydroxychlor Apo-hydroxyquine Show all

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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 1,834 640
Rheumatoid arthritis 944 331
Mixed connective tissue disease 148 66
Sjogren's syndrome 91 51
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease 80 43

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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
Severe 150
Moderate 182
Mild 254
None 564

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxychloroquine

Side effect Patients
Nausea 104
Diarrhea 46
Blurry vision 41
Headaches 32
Stomach pain 27
Upset stomach 24

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Dosage Patients
200 mg twice daily 213
400 mg daily 149
200 mg daily 101
400 mg twice daily 24
300 mg daily 10
40,000 mg twice daily 5
200 mg weekly 3
100 mg twice daily 3
200 mg three times daily 3
200 mg m,w,f 2

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Why patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 265
Did not seem to work 234
Doctor's advice 207
Other 95
Course of treatment ended 29
Personal research 19
Change in health plan coverage 16
Expense 16
See all 635 patients who've stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration

Currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 73
2 - 5 years 150
5 - 10 years 142
10 years or more 126

Stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 111
1 - 6 months 140
6 months - 1 year 97
1 - 2 years 81
2 - 5 years 103
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 47
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 934
Usually 135
Sometimes 29
Never taken as prescribed 52
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 56
Somewhat hard to take 88
A little hard to take 140
Not at all hard to take 866
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 14
$50-99 26
$25-49 60
< $25 560
Not specified 480

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxychloroquine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 44
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 24
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 7
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 6
Azathioprine (Imuran) 5

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Patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 38
Prednisone (Deltasone) 15
Leflunomide (Arava) 14
Azathioprine (Imuran) 8
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 7

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36 patient evaluations for Hydroxychloroquine

Sep 13, 2015 (Started Feb 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jun 6, 2015 (Started Feb 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I don't know if this is doing anything. I have persistent skin flairs on face mostly despite being on it. Who could know if it would be worse without plaq.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 21, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 16, 2015 (Started Dec 17, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (avoidance of the sun)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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