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 1,909 667
Rheumatoid arthritis 968 343
Mixed connective tissue disease 152 66
Sjogren's syndrome 100 54
Undifferentiated connective tissue disease 85 47

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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
196
Mild
262
None
582

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxychloroquine

Side effect Patients
Nausea 106
Diarrhea 47
Blurry vision 42
Headaches 34
Stomach pain 28
Upset stomach 27

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Dosage Patients
200 mg twice daily 254
400 mg daily 157
200 mg daily 119
400 mg twice daily 20
300 mg daily 14
40,000 mg twice daily 7
200 mg weekly 3
200 mg three times daily 3
600 mg 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 277
Did not seem to work 242
Doctor's advice 216
Other 98
Course of treatment ended 29
Personal research 20
Change in health plan coverage 16
Expense 16
See all 657 patients who've stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration

Currently taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 81
2 - 5 years 165
5 - 10 years 168
10 years or more 131

Stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 118
1 - 6 months 148
6 months - 1 year 93
1 - 2 years 85
2 - 5 years 108
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 49
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 970
Usually 140
Sometimes 28
Never taken as prescribed 56
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 60
Somewhat hard to take 89
A little hard to take 145
Not at all hard to take 900
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 14
$50-99 26
$25-49 61
< $25 580
Not specified 503

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxychloroquine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 48
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 26
Mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) 7
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 7
Azathioprine (Imuran) 6

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydroxychloroquine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 43
Prednisone (Deltasone) 16
Leflunomide (Arava) 14
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 9
Azathioprine (Imuran) 8

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching to

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37 patient evaluations for Hydroxychloroquine

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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