Been waiting for a rheumatology appointment for 13 weeks so far which is giving me too much time to think!! After 3 years of joint pain and fatigue and constantly getting a negative rheumatoid factor blood test result, on my last big flare up in Feb the bloods came back as positive for rheumatoid factor with my GP. Plaquenil drug reviews Chloroquine lupus mechanism Jan 04, 2016 Background. Cardiovascular disease CVD is the leading cause of death in rheumatoid arthritis RA study is the first to report the association of hydroxychloroquine an antirheumatic medication that has been associated with decreased risk of diabetes, a less atherogenic lipid profile, and antithrombotic properties with CVD in RA. Plaquenil was actually first classified as an antimalarial drug, but it is also used to treat certain rheumatic and autoimmune conditions which are unrelated to malaria. Generally, Plaquenil is a treatment option as monotherapy used alone for mild rheumatoid arthritis or as combination therapy with other DMARDs for moderate to severe disease. Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of medications that was first used to prevent and treat malaria. Today, it is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, some symptoms of lupus, childhood arthritis or juvenile idiopathic arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. It is not clear why hydroxychloroquine is effective at treating autoimmune diseases. I am worried that when the appointment for the consultant finally comes through my rheumatoid factor will be negative again? Although certain joints are now permanently painful most swelling has gone down. Rheumatoid factor dropped plaquenil Rheumatoid Arthritis and Anemia Are They Connected?, Taking Plaquenil for Rheumatoid Arthritis Ldn and plaquenilPlaquenil poisoningCan plaquenil cause dry mouthWhat conditions does plaquenil treatWhat does quinine and chloroquine treat Plaquenil is effective for Lupus patients, as well as people with UCTD described to me by a rheumatologist as "Lupus-like" or "Lupus-lite" or "mild Lupus". So it's very possible to be on Plaquenil without having a formal Lupus diagnosis. To get a Lupus diganosis you need to have 4 or more of 11 Lupus criteria, within a 5 year period. Plaquenil -. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil. Is it true that Plaquenil doesn't slow down RA? rheumatoid. Been on Plaquenil for 30 years for rheumatoid arthritis. I don’t know if I have side effect from this drug as they are intermittent. Itching - weird times not consistent Eye watering - constant Headaches - hormonal, RA related Always had thin hair - never fell out No stomach issues ever Get eyes checked 1x a year. Dec 25, 2011 Sometimes Plaquenil can also deposit in the tissues of the body and cause the skin to take on a greenish tone. Dry skin Loss of appetite Abdominal bloating Upset stomach Stomach cramps Retinal damage There is a small chance that retinal damage will occur while taking hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil or chloroquine Aralen. According to the American College of Rheumatology, hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil, is a “disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug DMARD,” meaning that it helps reduce the pain and swelling that come with arthritis. It can also reduce the incidence of joint damage.