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Generic: hydroxychloroquine
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It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus
               



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What is this medicine?

HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (hye drox ee KLOR oh kwin) is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. It is also used to treat malaria.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • alcoholism
  • anemia or other blood disorder
  • eye disease
  • glucose 6- phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
  • liver disease
  • porphyria
  • psoriasis
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If this medicine upsets your stomach take it with food or milk. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • antacids
  • botulinum toxins
  • digoxin
  • kaolin
  • penicillamine

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve. Arthritis symptoms may take several weeks to improve. If you are taking this medicine for a long time, you will need important blood work done. You will also need to have your eyes checked as directed.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/ booths.

Avoid antacids and kaolin containing products for 2 hours before and after taking a dose of this medicine.

               
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