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 2,043 708
Rheumatoid arthritis 1,006 361
Mixed connective tissue disease 172 68
Sjogren's syndrome 104 56
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease 90 49

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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 158
Moderate 205
Mild 274
None 620

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxychloroquine

Side effect Patients
Nausea 110
Diarrhea 51
Blurry vision 43
Headaches 36
Stomach pain 29
Hair loss 22

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Dosage Patients
200 mg twice daily 241
400 mg daily 159
200 mg daily 133
300 mg daily 23
400 mg twice daily 20
40,000 mg twice daily 6
600 mg daily 4
100 mg daily 3
25 mg daily 2
600 mg weekly 2

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Why patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 289
Did not seem to work 247
Doctor's advice 223
Other 103
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
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 56
2 - 5 years 178
5 - 10 years 167
10 years or more 158

Stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 119
1 - 6 months 152
6 months - 1 year 98
1 - 2 years 90
2 - 5 years 114
5 - 10 years 61
10 years or more 51
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1016
Usually 148
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 63
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 60
Somewhat hard to take 94
A little hard to take 152
Not at all hard to take 951
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 29
$25-49 65
< $25 600
Not specified 536

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxychloroquine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 51
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 32
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 8
Azathioprine (Imuran) 7
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 7

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Patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 49
Leflunomide (Arava) 16
Prednisone (Deltasone) 16
Azathioprine (Imuran) 10
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 8

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40 patient evaluations for Hydroxychloroquine

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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Mar 2, 2018 (Started Feb 11, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for undifferentiated connective tissue disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dry mouth, nausea and vomiting)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This med (among several others I take) causes me to have a dry mouth. Initially, I also experienced nausea, but after 5 years, that is gone (I don't recall when that ended).
Cost: < $25 monthly

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