Hydroxychloroquin is a powerful drug classified as a quinolone, which has several extremely important uses in modern medicine. Hydroxychloroquin is sometimes used as an antimalarial throughout Africa, Southern Asia, and South America where malaria is a problem. Additionally, hydroxychloroquin is prescribed to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.
Hydroxychloroquin is predominantly given in tablet form but if your doctor prescribes you this medication consult with him or her regarding the form of delivery that is optimum for your condition. Your compounding pharmacist will work with your doctor to provide the best delivery method for you. If you are prescribed tablets, take with a glass of milk or a meal. Hydroxychloroquin is an extremely strong drug and it is critically important that you listen carefully to your doctor's instructions on dosage and usage and follow them rigidly. If you are traveling to an area where malaria exists you must see your doctor well in advance of your departure, as hydroxychloroquin must be taken for at least two weeks before your arrival in any known malaria area.
Watch for possible side effects. Use of this drug may cause unwanted side effects and you should be aware of the signs. If you encounter any side effects that are persisting or worsening, contact your doctor right away for treatment. Some possible side effects are listed below:
Hydroxychloroquin use may bring on severe side effects in some patients. Watch for any potentially severe side effects and get medical treatment right away if you experience any. Some possible severe side effects are listed below:
Any allergic reaction to this drug should be treated immediately by qualified medical professionals. Seek immediate medical help if you experience anything that feels like an allergic reaction. A partial list of some signs of allergic reaction is included below.
Possible Signs of Allergic Reaction:
IMPORTANT: All patients considering the use of hydroxychloroquin must first consult with their doctor before beginning use!
Consult with your doctor on possible contraindications.
Long-term use of hydroxychloroquin can cause permanent retina damage. Consult with your doctor about your prescription and length of use. If you experience any 'seeing lights' streaks or flashes, swelling or color changes within your eyes, difficulty focusing or any other eye issue while you are taking hydroxychloroquin, stop use of this drug immediately and seek emergency medical treatment.
Pregnant women are advised to NOT travel to areas where malaria is known to exist. Death by malaria is more prevalent in pregnant women.
It is unknown how hydroxychloroquin affects a fetus or breastfeeding. Do not use hydroxychloroquin if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, breastfeeding or planning to begin.
Hydroxychloroquin is NOT safe for use by anyone under the age of 18 years.
Hydroxychloroquin can be fatal in children. Keep this drug out of reach of children in child-resistant bottles.
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