In Sjögren’s, Plaquenil is used to treat many symptoms of Sjögren’s including fatigue, joint symptoms of arthritis and arthralgias (joint pain), dry mouth and dry eyes. Similar to its use in systemic lupus erythematosus, many clinicians feel that it is useful in reducing general Sjögren’s “disease activity.” One of the reasons that physicians feel comfortable in prescribing Plaquenil is its low risk to benefit ratio. Chloroquine lc3b Plaquenil dissolving immune complexes To analyze Humphrey visual field HVF findings in hydroxychloroquine HCQ retinal tests were interpreted retrospectively in this observational case series of 15 patients with HCQ toxicity. Patients seen at Lahey Clinic were identified by. COMPLETE CONTENTS OF THIS LEAFLET BEFORE PRESCRlBlNG PLAQUENIL. Irreversible retinal damage has been observed in some patients who had received long-term or high-dosage 4-aminoquinoline therapy for discoid and systemic lupus erythematosus, or rheumatoid arthritis. Retinopathy has been reported to be dose-related. Before using Plaquenil, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have psoriasis, porphyria, liver disease, alcoholism, or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase G-6-PD deficiency. Take Plaquenil for the full prescribed length of time for malaria. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. As with any medication, allergic reactions including skin rashes and non-allergic reactions can occur. This means that the side effects of Plaquenil are mild and infrequent compared with its potential benefits. Test done before plaquenil Lupus - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic, PLAQUENIL® Taking plaquenil while on iron supplements Be sure to notify your ophthalmologist that you are taking this medicine so you can have the correct visual screening tests. Every person starting Plaquenil should have a baseline ophthalmologic exam within the first year, see the section below on How to use Plaquenil for things to ask for during your visit and regular screenings thereafter. Plaquenil What You Need to Know - Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus. Plaquenil Uses, Dosage & Side Effects -. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil Toxicity and Recommendations.. Once a year while taking Plaquenil. After five years of Plaquenil treatment, when retina damage is likely to begin, you need to see your ophthalmologist every six months. Special tests can help find early damage to the retina before serious problems develop. If the tests do not show signs of retinopathy, you will be invited back for re-screening in one year. The results of your tests will be kept for. comparison with future results. Possible retinopathy. If there is an abnormality found on one test such as the visual field test, you may be invited back. for a repeat test sooner than one year. 9 Anyways. She mentioned that I can start Plaquenil before getting a baseline exam done on my eyesight and that I then only need a check up once every five years. This seems wrong to me? I remember when I went on Plaquenil for RA years ago I had a baseline test and was supposed to go once a year.