Chemical Name: HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (hye-drox-ee-KLOR-oh-kwin)
Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate is an immunosuppressant and antirheumatic agent used to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or rheumatoid arthritis. Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate if you are also taking quinacrine. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate.
Follow the directions for using Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate provided by your doctor. TAKE Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate with food or milk. STORE Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are taking Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate. Also, keep all appointments for eye examinations. IF YOU ARE TAKING Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate FOR SLE OR ARTHRITIS, it may take 4 to 12 weeks for Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate to work. Do not stop taking Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate without checking with your doctor. IF YOUR SYMPTOMS DO NOT IMPROVE after several months or if they become worse, check with your doctor. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate MAY CAUSE dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate. KEEP Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate out of the reach of children. IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate during pregnancy. Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include headache, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, or abdominal cramping. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience skin rash or itching; ringing in the ears or loss of hearing; fever or sore throat; unusual bleeding or bruising; blue-black discoloration of the skin or inside of mouth; hair loss; mood changes; vision changes or disturbances; or unusual weakness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include blurred vision; severe drowsiness or dizziness; fainting; irregular heartbeat; headache; excessive excitability; slow, shallow breathing; seizures; and loss of consciousness.
DO NOT SHARE Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate for other health conditions. KEEP Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. IF USING Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.