But there also has to be something negative going on if it's making my hair fall out! mshistory - I know what you're saying is ALL true. I won't let things go to long like this, but I am hoping this is just some sort of rebound effect and that things will level off. I need to find a new one, but with 2 small kids and work full time, who has the time?! like i said i have super thick hair so i still have have a good amount but its def not super super thick like it once was. for those of you losing hair loss-lets be like Dolly Parton and all these other stars and wear wigs! It was making me feel better in other ways -no doubt. As for the psychologist, I did try that over the summer, but was not impressed by the one I was going to. If you remember, most wait at least 3 months before they even see any improvement. i lost a bunch of hair the 1st 4 months and now it has steadied off... along with the extreme dry patchy skin that bleads and all my lovely knew wrinkles along my eyes from doing warm compresses , massage and drops!!! this disease sure takes a toll52 yr old Sj S, APS w/strokes, Autonomic Neuropathy, PN, Nephrogenic DI, (CVID) Ig G def., Cushing's, Asthma, Gastroparesis. Plaquenil for seronegative arthropathy Is hydroxychloroquine an nsaid Pain when stopping hydroxychloroquine plaquenil Chloroquine synthesis reaction I came across this page having the same question. How long does it take for Plaquenil to leave your system after discontinuing use. However, I do not want to stop taking it because of terrible side effects listed by other users of the med. I love this drug. I have never felt as good as I do now. Taking Plaquenil long-term or at high doses may cause irreversible damage to the retina of your eye. Stop taking Plaquenil and call your doctor at once if you have trouble focusing, if you see light streaks or flashes in your vision, or if you notice any swelling or color changes in your eyes. Hydroxychloroquine is available as the brand-name drug Plaquenil. It’s also available in a generic version. it’s believed that this drug affects how your immune system works, which may be. I thought methotrexate was stronger and had harder side effects??? Being 32 and feeling like I'm way too young to be dealing with any of this but trying to find my way through it BTW, seeing a psychiatrist and dealing with my depression and anxiety seriously saved my life. And your hair is growing back even while you're still on 200 a day? I wonder if what you're noticing is really the change in dose. You need to decided what is more important..or health.52 yr old Sj S, APS w/strokes, Autonomic Neuropathy, PN, Nephrogenic DI, (CVID) Ig G def., Cushing's, Asthma, Gastroparesis. Meds: IVIG & pre-meds, Arixtra, Aspirin, Plaquenil, Cardizem, Toprol XL, Domperidone, Nexium, Midodrine, Symbicort, Fentanyl, Percocet, Zofranthats the hard part---you never know.. If you feel really overwhelmed by all of this, it might be something to consider. now i still have quite a bit of hair but plaquenil made me lose a lot.. I'm wondering if 400 a day is just too much for some of us to handle? I say this because Plaquenil has a chemical half-life of 30-60 days (you can confirm this on wiki or RX info on the drug)--so it takes a LONG time to get out of your system..long for you to notice changes in days. whenever i take something new i think i get a weird side effect--but then again could it just be part of a flare...ughhhhh.. How long is plaquenil in your system Hydroxychloroquine MedlinePlus Drug Information, Plaquenil Uses, Dosage & Side Effects - Does plaquenil cause skin cancerSerious side effects of plaquenilPlaquenil medication classPlaquenil for malaria mechanism Medical usesHistorySide effectsMechanism of actionResultsAdministrationRisksDiagnosisInteractionsPreventionBenefits Taking Plaquenil for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Hydroxychloroquine Side Effects, Dosage, Uses, and More. Let me tell you what weaning down from Plaquenil. Anita- I had always heard that too - that even if you stopped it, it would take a long time before it was out of your system. I still believe this to be true, but I am convinced now that plaquenil must have multiple modes of action, one being long term effects, and one being something happening in the short term. How long does it take for imuran and plaquenil hydroxychloroquine to completely leave your system if you stop them after taking thrm for 1 month. These medications may also prevent lupus from spreading to certain organs, such as the kidney and central nervous system your brain and spinal cord and may help to reduce flares by as much as 50%. Plaquenil and other anti-malarials are the key to controlling lupus long term, and some lupus patients may be on Plaquenil for the rest of their lives.