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hydoroxychloroquine - rheumatoid arthritis

Is this medication recommended for rheumatoid arthritis for a female age 26. Should possibility of pregnancy at risk while taking this medication/
by rachel in ny, 02/26/2009

HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Oral) (Tablet) Drug and Prescription Information


HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Oral) (Tablet) Medication Classification


HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Oral) (Tablet) Brandname


HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Oral) (Tablet) is used for the Treatment

Hydroxychloroquine (hye-drox-ee-KLOR-oh-kwin) Treats or prevents malaria. Also used to treat lupus and arthritis.

When To Not Use HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Oral) (Tablet)

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to hydroxychloroquine.

How Should You Use HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Oral) (Tablet)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much to take and how often. You should not use this medicine more often or in greater amounts than your doctor ordered.
  • Take this medicine with food or milk.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you take one dose a week, take the missed dose as soon as possible. Then return to your regular dosing schedule.
  • If you take one or more doses daily, take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take your medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Oral) (Tablet) Storage

Store HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Oral) (Tablet) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Oral) (Tablet) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Oral) (Tablet)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Oral) (Tablet) Warnings

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Talk to your doctor if you have vision or eye problems, liver disease, skin disorder, or any other medical problems before you take this medicine.
  • This medicine may cause dizziness and vision changes. Be careful while driving a car or operating machinery.

HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (Oral) (Tablet) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Severe or bloody diarrhea
  • Blurred vision or eye problems
  • Skin rash or itching
  • Unexplained fever, unusual bleeding or bruising
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Headache
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Appetite loss
  • Bleaching of hair or loss of hair

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