At first it seemed like it helped now I feel the same as before I started taking the medicine other than the fact that none of my clothes fit and there is a lot more of me to carry around. Anyone know if I quit taking it if the weight will fall back off I started Hydroxychloroquine 2 weeks ago. One week in and I thought this may just work, except for the ‘extra itchiness’ I seemed to get every night. Plaquenil pictures Chloroquine causes itch mechanism Clinical trials cancer chloroquine Hydroxychloroquine and blood pressure I have had no side effects from the Plaquenil. Prednisone is a mean drug however, I can tell you this as a nurse too but I have to take it. I have pain everyday I wake up and have learned to adjust to lifes many changes. Just make sure you are taking plenty of calcium supplements on the prednisone because it does pull calcium out of the bones. The usual starting dose of Plaquenil is 200 mg twice a day or 400 mg once a day, administered orally, in people weighing 80 kg or more. The usual dosage works for most people who take Plaquenil, but it is possible to increase or decrease the dose based on individual needs. It's important to watch for possible side effects and toxicity. Plaquenil can make you go blind as a side effect so while on it, you have to go to the optician once a month for an eye test just normal vision test, nothing special. I took it for 18 months straight 200mg daily and had no side effects at all, and I am also taking it now been on it for a month. I was prescribed this drug to ease my ra disease, I was taking 400mg per day which was to last for 3 months then reduced to 200mg. Right before I hit the two week mark, I woke up with my heart racing and continued feeling my heart flutter all day and I just felt week and tired. After msging Rheum, decided to stop taking meds to see how I feel and continue with the AIP to handle symptoms and try to work at ‘healing from inside out! Time will tell and I’m eager to see how much the AIP is helping once odd meds. Can you take plaquenil every other day Stopping plaquenil. DailyStrength, Taking Plaquenil for Rheumatoid Arthritis Ophthalmology guidelines for plaquenilHydroxychloroquine sulfate eye side effectsHydroxychloroquine patient And I only took 200mg every other day! Report. 3 Stars. After about 8-9 months I complained to my doctor that the Plaquenil wasn't helping me and I had to take Prednisone every day to manage. Hydroxychloroquine Reviews Everyday Health. Plaquenil for treatment - Lyme Disease - MedHelp. Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Options Johns Hopkins.. You can space out Plaquenil by quite a bit and get the same results. For example, if you take 400 mg a day you could actually take 800 mg every other day and get the same results. I do not recommend doing this as daily dosing is easier to remember to do compared to taking a medicine every other day. You do not have to divide up the dose daily. My doctor has had me cut back to taking plaquenil every other day. Haven't really noticed a difference. I have aches but nothing the odd motrin doesn't help. I do have vasculitis in my lower legs on occasion so it will be interesting to see if that happens more frequently. Reply Delete It takes a really long time for the Plaquenil to kick in. It may even take a year. Mine didn't start working until I was on it for 8 months and I take more than you do. I take 200 mg twice a day. I initially started at 800mg a day then dropped it to 400 mg a day. Please don't give up, you will have good days and bad days.