Am very deflated as feel have come to stand still in my progression in fact have gone back somewhat (probably have done too much over the festive!! Am trying to be positive and keep telling myself I WILL get back to near as normal as possible. Can anyone assure me that YES the Lupus drug will kick in and I will be able to control my life again. Plaquenil and radiation therapy toxiciy Malaria in mexico chloroquine Hydroxychloroquine free How does plaquenil work If you are taking Plaquenil to treat an inflammatory condition or malaria, you should be aware of the side effects that may occur to your eyes and vision. Plaquenil hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, which are used to decrease inflammation, pain and joint damage. Hydroxychloroquine is widely used in the treatment of post-Lyme arthritis. It may have both an anti-spirochaete activity and an anti-inflammatory activity, similar to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Adverse effects. The most common adverse effects are a mild nausea and occasional stomach cramps with mild diarrhea. The most serious. Hearing problems, such as ringing or ticking in the ears, or hearing changes Plaquenil may have toxic effects on your inner ear Loss of balance, coordination, room spinning, or other vertigo. Wishing you all a good New Year and a Healthy one Kelpie21Took me a couple of weeks... I want to get back to work, exercise and enjoying normal day to day things such as being able to chopping onions, going for a drive and shopping!!!!! Does plaquenil have life long effects Hydroxychloroquine Side Effects, Dosage, Uses, and More, Hydroxychloroquine - Wikipedia Bloodshot eyes plaquenilPlaquenil eyePlaquenil and ra Hydroxychloroquine does take a while to take effect. Arthritis UK gives a figure of around 12 weeks, whilst the American College of Rheumatology says, "symptoms can start to improve after 1-2 months, but it may take up to 6 months before the full benefits are felt". My own rheumy said, "3-4 months". How long until Hydroxychloroquine takes effect - LUPUS UK. Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine - Side Effects, Dosage.. Side Effects of Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine, Warnings, Uses. What are the side effects of Plaquenil? The most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, skin rash or black spots when you look at things. Most side effects will go away when your body gets used to the medicine. Tell your doctor if you have these side effects. A lower dose may stop them. I have just been diagnosed with a “mild” case of Lupus at age 57. I’m told I’ve had the disease most of my life. My rheumatologist wants me to take Plaquenil, but I have a strong family history of macular degeneration and am afraid to take it. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about.