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 1,796 625
Rheumatoid arthritis 930 325
Mixed connective tissue disease 143 64
Sjogren's syndrome 90 48
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease 78 42

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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 145
Moderate 174
Mild 252
None 553

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxychloroquine

Side effect Patients
Nausea 102
Diarrhea 46
Blurry vision 40
Headaches 31
Stomach pain 27
Upset stomach 24

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Dosage Patients
200 mg twice daily 208
400 mg daily 157
200 mg daily 102
400 mg twice daily 31
300 mg daily 11
200 mg three times daily 3
200 mg weekly 2
100 mg twice daily 2
800 mg daily 2
12,000 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 256
Did not seem to work 232
Doctor's advice 202
Other 94
Course of treatment ended 29
Personal research 19
Change in health plan coverage 15
Expense 15
See all 622 patients who've stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration

Currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 81
2 - 5 years 152
5 - 10 years 133
10 years or more 134

Stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 105
1 - 6 months 141
6 months - 1 year 97
1 - 2 years 79
2 - 5 years 98
5 - 10 years 56
10 years or more 47
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 910
Usually 133
Sometimes 29
Never taken as prescribed 52
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 55
Somewhat hard to take 85
A little hard to take 137
Not at all hard to take 847
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 13
$50-99 26
$25-49 54
< $25 548
Not specified 473

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxychloroquine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 44
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 24
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 6
Azathioprine (Imuran) 4
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 4

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Patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 35
Prednisone (Deltasone) 14
Leflunomide (Arava) 13
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 7
Azathioprine (Imuran) 6

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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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