The pharmacist said there wont be any danger just stopping it. Has anyone gone off the plaquenil and what happened? I was put on Plaquenil for RA as I was being dx for lupus. My rhuemy wants me to stop every time I have an infection. Best of luck, Creekbank My mom said she read that plaquenil is mainly used for the discoid lupus and people with the joint pain. Right now my hips are the only thing that is really bothering me my knees are now starting to act up..... Plaquenil for fatigue Chloroquine sulphate arthritis Ulcer plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine methotrexate drug interactions If you search "plaquenil" on the site you'll find lots of information pertaining to lupus. Many of us here take plaquenil. I think it's the first medication prescribed after being diagnosed. Yearly eye exams/scans are important while on this medication. I have not had any side effects from taking it, but have only been on it about a year. Nov 12, 2009 Neuropathy can also be caused by the Lupus itself. I have them too. I have SLE, Sjogren's APS, Hemolytic Anemia, Heart disease and now the neuropathy in my right leg. It takes a really long time for the Plaquenil to kick in. It may even take a year. Mine didn't start working until I was on it for 8 months and I take more than you do. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is used to treat malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more. There is no taper needed or withdrawal, but if it has been helping you, you may have increased symptoms by the time you go for your next appointment. If so, you would likely be able to get a prescription from that doctor for one month's supply to tide you over. I have only taken it once, so I am not sure what the results will be. I stopped mine and went into a life threatening flare - I would call your PCP to get a refill You may be fine or not- depends on if your illness has been lurking in the background waiting for an opportunity to launch an attack Louters, I went to see a new rheum and he took me off the Plaquenil to see what symptoms would show. I agree with poobie and would call your pcp to get a refill if possible. Taking plaquenil for lupus Taking Plaquenil for Rheumatoid Arthritis, What is the correct way to discontinue use of plaquenil? Eye test said hydroxychloroquine Hydroxychloroquine is a one of a number of drugs which have been used for many years in the treatment of malaria. Fortunately, it was discovered these drugs often are helpful in the treatment of various rheumatic diseases, particularly systemic lupus erythematosus SLE or "Lupus" and rheumatoid arthritis. Plaquenil. A medication for Lupus. Hydroxychloroquine Side Effects, Dosage, Uses, and More. Lupus remission Lupus Foundation of America. Many people were using quinine or synthetic versions of it to prevent malaria. Doctors noticed that rheumatic symptoms improved when taking quinine, which led to the use of medications like Plaquenil to combat lupus, rheumatoid arthritis RA, and other autoimmune conditions. Plaquenil is effective for Lupus patients, as well as people with UCTD described to me by a rheumatologist as "Lupus-like" or "Lupus-lite" or "mild Lupus". So it's very possible to be on Plaquenil without having a formal Lupus diagnosis. To get a Lupus diganosis you need to have 4 or more of 11 Lupus criteria, within a 5 year period. Plaquenil is prescribed for the treatment or prevention of malaria. It is also prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and the side effects of lupus such as hair loss, joint pain, and more. Side effects, drug interactions, pregnancy safety information, and dosage information should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.