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Plaquenil, a substitute for PREDNISONE

Posted Oct 03 2008 2:25am

Aside from taking PREDNISONE for my lupus, there was a time that my rheuma recommended PLAQUENIL to me. Unfortunately it does not have a good side effect on me. Whenever I take it I would have joint pains. I don’t know why.

Also as compared to Prednisone, Plaquenil is a bit expensive. Prednisone only cost about Pup 2 pesos while Plaquenil the last time I bought it (that was I think in 2004 or 2006) it already cost around Php 32 pesos. There is a big difference on the price. So I don’t pay much attention to it and my rheuma seeing that I don’t like Plaquenil stopped prescribing it to me.

But what really is Plaquenil? Based on what I’ve learned it is used to treat malaria and later was used for SLE. But it has fewer side effects not like Pred.

Side effects:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; dizziness; loss of appetite; mild headache; nausea; stomach cramps.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred vision or other vision changes; chest pain; decreased coordination; fever, chills, or sore throat; hearing loss; mental or mood changes; muscle weakness; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; ringing in the ears; seizures; trouble walking; unusual bruising or bleeding; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Source : DRUG.COM

Ever since my rheuma told me the risk of having heart disease due to prolong use of prednisone I have been thinking of asking him to switch me to Plaquenil. Next check up I’ll be telling him this.

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