My husband has been taking Plaquenil (generic hydroxychloroquine) for almost 2 yrs., under a rheumatologist's care. He became very ill, and was diagnosed w/ viral meningial encephalitis. We were much later told that the Plaquenil had "lowered his tolerance to infection, as it is also an immuno-suppressant." In essence, the medicine allowed the viral infection to cross the barrier between his brain and blood/lungs. Do you have to wean off hydroxychloroquine Can plaquenil cause alopecia Folic acid and hydroxychloroquine dosing Why plaquenil should not be cut in half 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. For people who weigh less than 80 kg, a lower daily dose is prescribed, up to a maximum of 5 mg/kg of body weight. While it may seem logical to lower your intake of calcium-rich foods like dairy products and fish, this isn't always a good idea. While you do want to reduce your body's calcium levels, you don't want to deprive yourself of other functional nutrients your body needs to perform at its best. Aug 14, 2017 Plaquenil can cause serious side effects when used in high doses for chronic diseases such as RA over the long term. The New Zealand Dermatological Society recommends that to decrease the risk of retina damage, no more than 200mg of Plaquenil should be taken a day, and a dose of 400mg per day should be taken no longer than a few weeks. (He was never told of that risk when he was put on the medication.) Added : What I failed to mention (above) is that he almost died in April when this happened. His/our question is as to whether he can or should EVER go back on the medication and risk exposure to further illnesses if it is true that Plaquenil or the generic for is, in fact, an immuno-suppressant and presents a serious health risk for him? Can plaquenil lower your calcium numbers Do either hydroxychol/Plaquenil put you at risk for., How to Lower Calcium Naturally Does plaquenil change phChloroquine phosphate for aquariumHydroxychloroquine pill identification 347 Plaquenil and White blood cell count decreased - from FDA reports Summary White blood cell count decreased is found among people who take Plaquenil, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 month, also take medication Enbrel, and have High blood pressure. Plaquenil and White blood cell count decreased - eHealthMe. Long-Term Side Effects of Plaquenil for Rheumatoid Arthritis.. Side Effects of Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine, Warnings, Uses. Aug 02, 2010 Basically, the immune system is a bit out of control. Plaquenil works by suppressing the immune system. Unfortunately you can't tell it to attack just the germs so you suppress all of its function to spare your healthy tissue- in your husband's case, his eyes, mouth, throat. NOTE Plaquinil and hydroxychloroquine are essentially the same drug. Plaquenil is one of the most frequently used preventative measures for the issue. Plaquenil lowers the levels of 1,25D and therefore calcium in the blood at a moderate rate. To bring down calcium levels more quickly prednisone is used, and may even be used in an IV form for sick patients brought into the ER. Fluids to rehydrate may be necessary. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is considered a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug DMARD. It can decrease the pain and swelling of arthritis. It may prevent joint damage and reduce the risk of long-term disability. Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of medications that was first used to prevent and treat malaria.