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  • Lisa Emrich
    Health Guide
    March 24, 2012
    Lisa Emrich
    Health Guide
    March 24, 2012

    Hi Tripta,

    I assume that by hcqs, you mean hydroxychloroquine sulphate, also known as Plaquenil. If this is not the case, please let me know. Plaquenil is a malaria drug that also works for RA. It is a fairly mild medication in the DMARDs type of meds (disease modifying antirheumatic drugs), usually used for milder cases of RA or in combination with other DMARDs.

    As all medications, Plaquenil does have the potential for side effects. Some of the more common side effects may include stomach difficulties and fatigue. As well, Plaquenil does have the potential for some eye complications. That’s why it’s important to have your eyes checked before you start the medication and usually every six months when you take Plaquenil. 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. It’s important to keep in mind that just because the particular medication has the potential for certain side effects doesn’t mean that you will experience the side effects. If you do, there are a number of things you can do to manage mild to moderate side effects.

     

    Lisa

  • Vanessa Collins
    Health Guide
    March 11, 2012
    Vanessa Collins
    Health Guide
    March 11, 2012

    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.

     

    Please give us a little more information, and we will try to help you.

     

    Best Wishes,

    V


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