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 1,977 694
Rheumatoid arthritis 985 349
Mixed connective tissue disease 163 67
Sjogren's syndrome 103 57
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 154
Moderate 201
Mild 269
None 608

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxychloroquine

Side effect Patients
Nausea 108
Diarrhea 51
Blurry vision 44
Headaches 35
Stomach pain 29
Upset stomach 27

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Dosage Patients
200 mg twice daily 267
400 mg daily 154
200 mg daily 140
300 mg daily 23
400 mg twice daily 19
40,000 mg twice daily 7
600 mg daily 4
200 mg every other week 2
50 mg daily 2
200 mg every other day 2

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Why patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 282
Did not seem to work 247
Doctor's advice 219
Other 98
Course of treatment ended 29
Personal research 20
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 16
See all 669 patients who've stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration

Currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 75
2 - 5 years 171
5 - 10 years 169
10 years or more 154

Stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 118
1 - 6 months 151
6 months - 1 year 93
1 - 2 years 89
2 - 5 years 111
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 50
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1004
Usually 141
Sometimes 29
Never taken as prescribed 58
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 93
A little hard to take 147
Not at all hard to take 933
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 14
$50-99 26
$25-49 64
< $25 595
Not specified 522

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) 9

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching to

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39 patient evaluations for Hydroxychloroquine

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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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

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