Hydroxychloroquine/Chloroquine: Patient Information
What Hydroxychloroquine/Chloroquineis and what it is used for?
These medication works by reducing inflammation in people with autoimmune diseases.It can be used for the following conditions:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Juvenile chronic arthritis
- Discoid and systemic lupuserythematosus
- Skin problems which are sensitive to sunlight
What you need to know before you take this medication?
Do not take this medicine and tell your doctor if:
- You are allergic to quinolones and quinine.
- You have an eye problem which affects the retina, the inside of the eye or you get a change in eye color or any other eye problem
- You have a genetic condition known as‘glucose-6-dehydrogenase deficiency’ (G6PD).
Do I have to check my eyes routinely and how often?
Yes you do and this testing should be repeated at least every 12 months whilst taking this medication.
How to take this medication?
- Take this medicine by mouth
- Swallow the tablets whole with a mealor a glass of milk.
- Do not crush or chewyour tablets
- The doctor will work out the dose depending on your body weight If you feel the effect of your medicine is too weak or too strong, do not change the dose yourself, but ask your doctor
What Should I do if I missed a dose?
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
What are the possible side effects?
- Stop taking the medication and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if: You have an allergic reaction. The signsmay include: a red or lumpy rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your eyelids, lips, face, throat or tongue
- Changes in the color of your eye and problems with your eyesight such as blurring, sensitivity to light or the way you see color.
- You have any muscleweakness,cramps, stiffness or spasms or changes in sensation such as tingling if you take this medicine for a long time.
- Severe skin reactions such as blistering, widespread scaly skin, pus-filled spots together with a high temperature.
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