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Hydroxychloroquine and sulfasalazine. Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) is an older DMARD sometimes still used for mild RA.
Plaquenil is used with other medications to treat auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. This treatment option is recommended with medications that work to improve the condition or a certain medication can’t be given to a patient. Also, plaquenil is classified in the medication group called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. Hydroxychlorquine can decrease skin problems in patients with Lupus. The medication can reduce swelling and pain from arthritis. However, it is not known how Plaquenil really works.
Before using hydroxychlorquine, you should notify the doctor of being allergic to hydroxychlorquine or any other drugs. The medication may contain inactive ingredients that can cause the patient to have an allergic reaction. Also, the medication should not be used in patients that are diagnosed with certain eye problems like chloroquine. The patient should disclose any medical history to the doctor before taking Plaquenil. If the medical history consists of kidney disease, alcohol dependency, liver disease, skin problems any genetic problems then the doctor should be aware of the medical history.