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 1,986 703
Rheumatoid arthritis 986 351
Mixed connective tissue disease 165 67
Sjogren's syndrome 104 58
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease 89 48

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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 152
Moderate 202
Mild 271
None 616

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxychloroquine

Side effect Patients
Nausea 108
Diarrhea 51
Blurry vision 44
Headaches 35
Stomach pain 29
Hair loss 20

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Dosage Patients
200 mg twice daily 247
400 mg daily 152
200 mg daily 141
300 mg daily 25
400 mg twice daily 20
40,000 mg twice daily 6
200 mg three times daily 3
200 mg every other week 2
600 mg weekly 2
100 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 284
Did not seem to work 247
Doctor's advice 218
Other 99
Course of treatment ended 29
Personal research 21
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 16
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Duration

Currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 183
5 - 10 years 166
10 years or more 163

Stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 117
1 - 6 months 152
6 months - 1 year 93
1 - 2 years 90
2 - 5 years 111
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 51
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1012
Usually 143
Sometimes 29
Never taken as prescribed 57
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 93
A little hard to take 149
Not at all hard to take 940
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 15
$50-99 27
$25-49 64
< $25 599
Not specified 525

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxychloroquine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 51
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 30
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 8
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 8
Azathioprine (Imuran) 6

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Patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 48
Prednisone (Deltasone) 16
Leflunomide (Arava) 14
Azathioprine (Imuran) 9
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 8

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40 patient evaluations for Hydroxychloroquine

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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Jan 26, 2018 (Started Jan 03, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (uncontrollable crying, irritability, weight gain, unrefreshing or poor sleep, reactive depression, self harm thoughts or urges)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: If you have a history of mental health issues, track symptoms. That's what saved me. I was tracking my symptoms and was able to trace back to when things began to feel bad. About 2 weeks after taking the medication, I just kept feeling worse for no reason.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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