Plaquenil is used to treat or prevent malaria, a disease caused by parasites that enter the body through the bite of a mosquito. Malaria is common in areas such as Africa, South America, and Southern Asia. Plaquenil drug Hydroxychloroquine dialysis Alternatives to plaquenil for rheumatoid arthritis Plaquenil is the brand name for the prescription drug hydroxychloroquine. It's used to treat and prevent malaria infection, and to reduce symptoms and progression of autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and others. Malaria is spread by mosquitoes. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to therapy. In children, dosage is also based on weight. For malaria prevention, take this medication by mouth once a week on the same day of the week, or as directed by your doctor. Mark a calendar to help you remember. Ive been on plaquenil for years. But the last week of my life has been hell. Ive gotten a chest cold and im dizzy and vertigo real bad. I think my diseases trace of lupus, arthritis, has kicked in. Thank you for giving your symptoms. Plaquenil is also an antirheumatic medicine and is used to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus. This medicine is not effective against all strains of malaria. Plaquenil saved my life Plaquenil Hi I have a trifecta of. - The Australian Sj., Plaquenil Oral Uses, Side Effects, Interactions. Chloroquine primaquine babesiaChloroquine ic 50Half life of hydroxychloroquine sulfate Plaquenil has been a life-saving drug for me, quite literally. I was a mess in 2004-2005 and then a dr put me on Plaquenil, and in 3 weeks most of my symptoms had disappeared. Within 2 months they were all completely gone, though my bloodwork continued to show very high levels of autoimmune stuff. Hydroxychloroquine Reviews Everyday Health. Hydroxychloroquine plaquenil withdrawl? - LUPUS UK. Minocycline and Plaquenil - Scleroderma - Inspire. Taking Plaquenil long-term or at high doses may cause irreversible damage to the retina of your eye. Stop taking Plaquenil and call your doctor at once if you have trouble focusing, if you see light streaks or flashes in your vision, or if you notice any swelling or color changes in your eyes. It is now 6 weeks later, I've titrated up to 600mg. per day, and I am SEVERELY depressed, to the point I can't get out of bed some days. I am sicker mentally than I have been for 16 years, and it didn't start until I started the plaquenil. I'm so anxious, I'm agoraphobic and having anger attacks. I have never been agoraphobic in my life. Anxiety and Plaquenil. Reply Like 1 Save post Report. 29 Replies. oldest • newest. Suzie. If it helps I have been taking it for a few years now, with no problems at all. I have had problems with anxiety over the years. I have never had anxiety in my life but learned the meaning of it with lupus. my doctor prescribed Lexapro, 10 mg.