Plaquenil contains hydroxychloroquine and is prescribed to treat and prevent acute attacks of malaria. Hydroxychloroquine may also be used to treat discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. Plaquenil does not treat all strands of malaria and you should discuss this medication with your doctor before travelling to an area where malaria is common such as southern Asia, Africa and South America.
Always read the medication information and instructions before using this medication.
Always follow your doctor’s directions.
Make sure to tell your doctor:
Other information you should also know:
Common side effects of Plaquenil:
If you have any of the following hydroxychloroquine side effects, seek medical help:
What should I do if I miss a dose of Plaquenil?
If you miss a dose of Plaquenil, you should take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip your missed dose.
Where is malaria most common?
Malaria is most common in South America, Africa and Southern Asia. If you are travelling to these locations, speak to your doctor about Plaquenil.