Part of that is due to less exercise, part due to having no appetite thus feeling like anything I can get down is ok. Well, now I've been exercising at almost my pre-Lupus rate (ran a marathon a year before), eating a more moderate diet (clean protein, vegs & fruits), and am no longer taking that weight & bloat causing Prednisone (off Pred almost 2 yrs now). My question: Do you feel like you've gained weight on Plaquenil (ie without Prednisone)? Fang and hydroxychloroquine screening Macular degeneration from plaquenil Does plaquenil help with weight loss in a person with RA? Asked by jackeDicken Johnson Updated 24 June 2014 Topics plaquenil, rheumatoid arthritis, weight. Answer this question. Responses 1 KA. kaismama. Because one of the side effects is decreased appetite it may help. PS. These are appropriate only if major organ involvement isn't present. Plaquenil is the newest & safest in the class. The drug helps with skin rashes, hair loss, mouth ulcers, joint pain & swelling, fatigue, etc. It takes perhaps 3-4 months to build up & reach full effect. GOOD NEWS hair loss & weight gain are NOT associated with Plaquenil. Your slower metabolism will slow your weight loss, even if you eat the same number of calories that helped you lose weight. When the calories you burn equal the calories you eat, you reach a plateau. To lose more weight, you need to either increase your physical activity or decrease the calories you eat. My Lupus has been really quiet for about 2 yrs, and I'm afraid to change anything. The Plaquenil drug side effects list weight loss, but some people have reported weight gain instead. My rheumy wants me to come down and then off my Plaquenil, but I've been resisting simply because I'm afraid to. Weight loss plaquenil Plaquenil and weight loss DailyStrength, Want to know good stuff about plaquenil - HealthBoards Hydroxychloroquine for sjogrensPlaquenil and radiation therapy toxiciyChloroquine salt cambodia resistanceMalaria chloroquine primaquine and chloroquine phosphateHydroxychloroquine skin Find patient medical information for Plaquenil Oral on WebMD including its uses, side effects and safety, interactions, pictures, warnings and user ratings. Plaquenil Oral Uses, Side Effects, Interactions.. Getting past a weight-loss plateau - Mayo Clinic. Hair loss and Plaquenil? DailyStrength. My weight gain is from the steroids I'm certain and not the Plaquenil. Are you on anything else to treat your lupus other than the Plaquenil? If you're on steroids that can be whats causing you to gain weight. I can't offer any advice on losing the weight if you come off the Plaquenil. Applies to hydroxychloroquine oral tablet. Along with its needed effects, hydroxychloroquine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention. Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking hydroxychloroquine Hence, if the loss of appetite and weight loss started after you started on this drug, then yes, it could be due to Plaquenil. However, if you had loss of appetite and weight loss before your started this drug, then the drug can aggravate the process. In this case, the cause of loss f appetite and weight loss has to be found.