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Plaquenil

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3.4  Effectiveness
6  Side Effects
3.8  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 8 Plaquenil side effects and 3 Plaquenil benefits.

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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Plaquenil, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 0% 13.6% 54.5% 31.8% 0%
Balance/Equilibrium 4.5% 9.1% 81.8% 4.5% 0%
Blood Pressure 4.5% 0% 95.5% 0% 0%
Breathing 0% 13.6% 72.7% 9.1% 4.5%
Confidence 0% 0% 90.9% 9.1% 0%
Coordination/Motor Skills 0% 4.5% 86.4% 9.1% 0%
Digestion 0% 22.7% 63.6% 13.6% 0%
Emotional Well-being 0% 4.5% 81.8% 13.6% 0%
Energy 0% 13.6% 59.1% 22.7% 4.5%
Eyesight 4.5% 9.1% 77.3% 9.1% 0%
Memory 0% 4.5% 72.7% 18.2% 4.5%
Mental Clarity 0% 0% 86.4% 13.6% 0%
Pain 4.5% 18.2% 54.5% 18.2% 4.5%
Patience 0% 0% 90.9% 9.1% 0%
Sexual Health 0% 9.1% 81.8% 4.5% 4.5%
Skin Complexion 4.5% 9.1% 59.1% 22.7% 4.5%
Sleep 0% 9.1% 77.3% 13.6% 0%
Stress Level 0% 4.5% 86.4% 9.1% 0%
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Commonly Reported Plaquenil Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Allergic Reaction 83.3% 11.1% 0% 0% 5.6%
Anxiety 77.8% 11.1% 0% 11.1% 0%
Appetite Loss 63.2% 15.8% 21.1% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 77.8% 11.1% 0% 11.1% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 66.7% 22.2% 0% 0% 11.1%
Cataracts 83.3% 16.7% 0% 0% 0%
Change in Weight 83.3% 0% 16.7% 0% 0%
Cold Symptoms 66.7% 11.1% 0% 11.1% 11.1%
Confusion 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
Congestion 83.3% 0% 16.7% 0% 0%
Decrease in Blood Pressure 75% 16.7% 0% 8.3% 0%
Depression 77.8% 11.1% 0% 0% 11.1%
Diarrhea 66.7% 14.3% 14.3% 0% 4.8%
Dizziness 61.9% 33.3% 4.8% 0% 0%
Drowsiness 77.8% 11.1% 11.1% 0% 0%
Eye / Vision Problems 66.7% 33.3% 0% 0% 0%
Fatigue 66.7% 14.3% 9.5% 9.5% 0%
Fever 66.7% 22.2% 11.1% 0% 0%
Gas 44.4% 33.3% 0% 11.1% 11.1%
Headache 76.2% 9.5% 14.3% 0% 0%
Heartburn 58.3% 16.7% 16.7% 8.3% 0%
Indigestion 54.5% 36.4% 0% 9.1% 0%
Infection 66.7% 16.7% 8.3% 8.3% 0%
Insomnia 88.9% 0% 0% 11.1% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 77.8% 11.1% 0% 11.1% 0%
Itching 66.7% 16.7% 8.3% 0% 8.3%
Mood Swings 66.7% 22.2% 11.1% 0% 0%
Muscle / Joint Pain 66.7% 0% 33.3% 0% 0%
Muscle Cramping 77.8% 11.1% 11.1% 0% 0%
Nausea 63.2% 21.1% 10.5% 5.3% 0%
Osteoporosis / Loss of Bone Mass 66.7% 33.3% 0% 0% 0%
Sensitivity to Light 44.4% 0% 44.4% 11.1% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 55.6% 22.2% 0% 11.1% 11.1%
Stomach Ache 77.8% 11.1% 0% 11.1% 0%
Weak Skin 80% 20% 0% 0% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Plaquenil Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Bladder Problems / Incontinence 83.3% 16.7% 0% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 60% 40% 0% 0% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 80% 20% 0% 0% 0%
Cancer 92.3% 0% 0% 0% 7.7%
Change in Weight 41.7% 41.7% 8.3% 8.3% 0%
Cough 83.3% 0% 16.7% 0% 0%
Decreased Number of Blood Cells 88.9% 5.6% 0% 0% 5.6%
Indigestion 85.7% 14.3% 0% 0% 0%
Insomnia 71.4% 28.6% 0% 0% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 80% 0% 20% 0% 0%
Itching 83.3% 0% 16.7% 0% 0%
Osteoporosis / Loss of Bone Mass 92.3% 0% 0% 0% 7.7%
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Episodes since taking Plaquenil
Since taking Plaquenil Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 3.2%
Fall 4.8%
Hospitalization 3.2%
Seizure 1.6%
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User Comments about Plaquenil
19 Nov 2012 I took Plaquenil for about 2 weeks the first time before I came down with shingles and bronchitis, coughing up thick, green phlegm. I was put on Valtrex and was told to stop talking Plaquenil about 2 weeks later. I had breast swelling and pain.The doctor sent me in for a mammogram and ultra-sound. Tests showed I had complex breast cysts. I was told to use ice packs and vitamin E for the cysts and was given a Pro Air inhaler to take 4 times a day and told to take Mucinex every 12 hours until the phlegm subsided and 2 weeks of Zythromax. The phlegm subsided after about 3 weeks. The cysts have persisted. I tried taking Plaquenil again and within a few days I was congested, coughing up thick green phlegm again then had to stop. The phlegm is not as bad as it was the last time, yet I wasn't on the Plaquenil as long this time and called the doctor sooner. After being off the Plaquenil for a little more than 24 hours, the phlegm seems to have already started to subside, and is no longer as thick but I continue to cough up white phlegm, yet it is not as thick.
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08 Jun 2011 I believe that plaquenil does have more pros then cons in the long run.
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13 Apr 2011 really just wanted to know if prolonged usage can cause Cushing's disease
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26 Jul 2010 After 2 years it seemed like the Plaquenil was no longer working. My Rheumatologist switched me to Azathioprine but I had an allergic reaction to it. I am now back on Plaquenil and it seems to be working again along with Prednisone.
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01 May 2009 have lupus over 20 years, plaquenil & predisone have been taken in various doses, no longer effective. Looking for a miracle to rid stiffness in fingers.
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