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 1,883 654
Rheumatoid arthritis 955 337
Mixed connective tissue disease 152 66
Sjogren's syndrome 97 54
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease 85 46

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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
151
Moderate
190
Mild
262
None
574

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxychloroquine

Side effect Patients
Nausea 105
Diarrhea 46
Blurry vision 41
Headaches 33
Stomach pain 28
Upset stomach 26

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Dosage Patients
200 mg twice daily 249
400 mg daily 160
200 mg daily 109
400 mg twice daily 19
300 mg daily 15
40,000 mg twice daily 6
200 mg three times daily 4
200 mg weekly 3
100 mg twice 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 272
Did not seem to work 239
Doctor's advice 213
Other 97
Course of treatment ended 29
Personal research 19
Change in health plan coverage 16
Expense 16
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Duration

Currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 38
1 - 2 years 79
2 - 5 years 160
5 - 10 years 166
10 years or more 128

Stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 116
1 - 6 months 147
6 months - 1 year 93
1 - 2 years 83
2 - 5 years 107
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 48
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 955
Usually 140
Sometimes 28
Never taken as prescribed 54
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 89
A little hard to take 144
Not at all hard to take 885
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 14
$50-99 26
$25-49 60
< $25 571
Not specified 496

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxychloroquine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 47
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 26
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 7
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 7
Azathioprine (Imuran) 6

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 41
Prednisone (Deltasone) 16
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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