Hydroxychloroquine sulfate (Plaquenil®) is a drug approved for the following uses:
- Prevention and treatment of certain types of malaria infections
- Treatment of lupus (including systemic lupus erythematosus and chronic discoid lupus)
- Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
The medication comes in tablet form and is taken either once a week to prevent malaria or once or twice daily for other uses. Most people tolerate it well. However, as with any medication, side effects are possible. Common side effects of hydroxychloroquine include:
Because not everyone should use hydroxychloroquine, the safety information for this medication should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment. For example, if you are a woman, your healthcare provider needs to know if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant. You should also provide a list of all medications and supplements you are taking.
(To read more about this medication, click Hydroxychloroquine. This article takes an in-depth look at how it works, what to do if you miss a dose, and more.)