You may start to see improvement within a few weeks, but it may take up to several months to experience its full benefit.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) deficiency or porphyria (group of diseases in which substances called porphyrins build up, negatively affecting the skin or nervous system), as Hydroxychloroquine may not be suitable for you.
STOP taking Hydroxychloroquine and let your doctor know if you develop an allergic reaction. Rash due to allergic reaction to Hydroxychloroquine is rare. Possible symptoms of allergic reaction are:
STOP taking Hydroxychloroquine and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the rare but severe side effects:
While having treatment with Hydroxychloroquine, you must see your doctor as scheduled, including any eye check-up to monitor response to treatment and minimize any possible side effect.
Hydroxychloroquine may interact with other medicine or supplement that you are taking. Inform the doctor, pharmacist or specialty nurse (such as dermatology or rheumatology) before starting any medicines and supplements.
Your doctor may reduce your Colchicine dose when taken with medicines such as Tamoxifen (a medicine to treat breast cancer), as they might increase the chance of you experiencing severe side effects.
Alcohol should be avoided if possible or kept to a minimum as suggested by your rheumatologist because alcohol may increase the risk of gastrointestinal side effects associated with hydroxychloroquine.
For female patient, do inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning for pregnancy or breastfeeding. Hydroxychloroquine can be continued during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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