Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Take hydroxychloroquine regularly as directed. Take it with food and a glass of water.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with hydroxychloroquine including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins (e.g. ascorbic acid, vitamin C), herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Increased risk of infection - symptoms may include: fever, chills, sore throat, aches and pains, tiredness, pain when peeing, mouth ulcers
Easy/unusual bruising or bleeding
Changes in vision
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
Hearing loss, ringing in the ears
Numbness or tingling of the fingers or toes
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Skin rash, itching, hair loss or thinning
|Tell your doctor|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. September 2019
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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