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What is Plaquenil?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) belongs to a group of medicines called quinolines.

What is Plaquenil used for?

It helps in treating or preventing malaria, which is a disease caused by parasites that enter the body through the bite of a mosquito. This medicine is not effective against all strains of malaria.

What else is Plaquenil useful over?

Plaquenil is also an antirheumatic medicine and is used to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus.

How to consume Plaquenil?

Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Plaquenil is sometimes given only once per week. Choose the same day each week to take this medicine on a weekly dosing schedule.

What should be avoided while taking Plaquenil?

Avoid taking an antacid or Kaopectate within 4 hours before or after you take hydroxychloroquine. Some antacids can make it harder for the body to absorb hydroxychloroquine.