Even then we often have our symptoms treated long before they feel confident in making a Lupus diagnosis. all lupus type blood testing has came back negative as well two skin biopsies. People often have some intestinal issues when first starting plaquenil - things generally settle down in a few days. Also, it's good to have at least a few bites of food with it. It takes a rheumotologist to completely diagnose and treat Lupus. Is plaquenil an nsaid drug History of chloroquine Hydroxychloroquine tonic water It does make you nauseous for a while after you take it, and some people swear it made them a bit dizzy, so it could take some getting used to. If you can stand it, try to stay on it, as the long term effects are worth it for me and many others. Of course, please talk to your doctor, don't listen to lil' ole me You know your body.just go off plaquenil. I just went through it.what was found being on plaquenil for 20+ years can render ANA BLOOD TESTS to be negative! I had so many tests, including aspirating fluid from my knee to rule out other medical problems. My doctor said he will never take me off plaquenil. How to use Plaquenil. Hydroxychloroquine is usually taken with food or milk to prevent stomach upset. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to therapy. In children, dosage is also based on weight. Or, like Lynnwood said, a doctor may try us on a medication to see if our response to it is diagnostically useful. I have sun induced rashes and painful hip joints and burning in the very low back area. Also, is intestinal distress a side effect of plaquenil?? What can plaquenil do to you if taken wrong DOXYCYCLINE/PLAQUENIL - SO CONFUSED! - Road Back Foundation, Can ANA go away & Lupus Stay? - Lupus - MedHelp Does plaquenil lower sed rateHydroxychloroquine drug classPlaquenil visionHydroxychloroquine affects retina When phenothiazine medications, certain beta blockers, or certain parasite medicines are taken together with Plaquenil, interactions can occur that may affect the drug levels in your blood. This could increase your risk for side effects or decrease the effectiveness of the medicines. Plaquenil Interactions - eMedTV Health Information.. Plaquenil Oral Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Pictures.. Plaquenil pros and cons - Sclero Forums MAIN - Sclero Forums. Please don't stop your plaquenil until you are sure it is the right thing to do and in your best interest. I am on plaquenil but also experience some of the same things you do. There are other meds that can help with what you are experiencing, and if your doctor didn't address that then I would seek out a second opinion. or maybe another. I think you need to discuss this issue with your RD. Let him or her know you want some control, but not to make your immune system go permanently insane. I do think that Plaquenil is the mildest drug you can find. I think they all get stronger and more immune-suppressant from there, but I might be wrong! Changing diet for days beforehand then trying to keep down the liquid prep and stay near the loo and keep sane. Only once I managed to drink as much as the guide book says and didn't throw up more than about twice. Which in itself is a lesson - drink as much clear liquid as you possibly can. Lemonade is fine.