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Saturday, March 10, 2012 Tripta singh, Community Member, asks

Q: What are the side effects of taking hcqs for rhumatide arthritis?

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V, Health Guide
3/11/12 8:33am

I'm sorry, but I do not know what hcqs is. Have you talked to your pharmacist about it?  Pharmacists are good resources for these types of questions.  They know more about the drugs than our doctors do.


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Lisa Emrich, Health Guide
3/24/12 3:17pm

Hi Tripta,


Are you asking about hydroxychloroquine or plaquenil?  That is the only drug I can think of which might be "hcqs".


Plaquenil is often prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis.  It does have potential side effects including eye problems, stomach difficulties, and severe tiredness.  There can be other side effects as well, but I recommend that you talk to your rheumatologist and pharmacist about the benefits and risks of taking any medication for you RA.


Before I tried plaquenil, I needed to have my eyes examined to make sure that they were healthy.  Eyes need to be checked again six months after starting plaquenil.  I didn't stay on plaquenil very long because it made me extraordinarily tired (not a common side effect).




Promila Mahajan, Community Member
4/ 2/13 3:37am

How does HCQS help patients of auto immune problems? Does it cure or act like  an immuno suppressant ? What are the side effects of long term use? How long can it be taken safely? Can it replace Folitrax ?

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