We were much later told that the Plaquenil had "lowered his tolerance to infection, as it is also an immuno-suppressant." In essence, the medicine allowed the viral infection to cross the barrier between his brain and blood/lungs. His/our question is as to whether he can or should EVER go back on the medication and risk exposure to further illnesses if it is true that Plaquenil or the generic for is, in fact, an immuno-suppressant and presents a serious health risk for him? Bowman nodules hydroxychloroquine Chloroquine dose Cardiomyopathy caused by plaquenil Chloroquine for fin rot Today, Plaquenil and other antimalarials are also used to treat and help prevent symptoms caused by certain autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis RA, systemic lupus erythematosus, and discoid lupus, even though these diseases are not caused by malaria parasites. Plaquenil belongs in a class of medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs DMARDs. Plaquenil is prescribed for the treatment or prevention of malaria. It is also prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and the side effects of lupus such as hair loss, joint pain, and more. Hi Guys, I haven't been here for a while - just checked in and found this question on Plaquenil - for me it took approx nine weeks to begin to work - I'm only taking 200mg per day so far - it seemed to stop working a few weeks later - most days are pretty good I s'pose but I drop nearly every afternoon. We've been told that his 'count' (900 cells per 1,000) was the highest infection level in the spinal fluid that the doctors had ever seen. All the patients they'd encountered w/lower levels had died. (He was never told of that risk when he was put on the medication.) Added : What I failed to mention (above) is that he almost died in April when this happened. Plaquenil autoimmune Taking Plaquenil for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil Side Effects & Dosage for Malaria Plaquenil stomach ache For many patients with Sjogren's, Plaquenil hydroxychloroquine has long been the go to drug that their doctors prescribe. It is often the first line of attack before other more aggressive therapies are added such as methotrexate or rituximab that have bigger impacts on the immune system. Study Raises Questions about Sjogren's and Plaquenil - Autoimmune Gal. Immune & Autoimmune - Lupus Plaquenil - Can It Work Quickly?. Plaquenil Use in Autoimmune Diseases. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is an oral medication that is commonly used in the treatment of many types of autoimmune conditions including lichen planopilairs, frontal fibrosing alopecia, discoid lupus and pseudopelade. Hydroxychloroquine HCQ, sold under the brand name Plaquenil among others, is a medication used for the prevention and treatment of certain types of malaria. Specifically it is used for chloroquine-sensitive malaria. Other uses include treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and porphyria cutanea tarda. It is taken by mouth. Causes. Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disorder. Your immune system mistakenly attacks your body's own cells and tissues. Scientists aren't certain why some people develop Sjogren's syndrome.