The fact that plaquenil has to be taken everyday is why I don't want to start it at this time. I may go 2 weeks or more without any symtoms to I hate to take all that medication during the in between times. My understanding is that it only helps minimize the symtoms so why take it during times I am symstom free? When I do have flares they consist of swelling & some pain but so far nothing too terribly bad. I'm not arguing just trying to figure out how to live the rest of my life with this. Thank you so much. Everybody here has been so helpful & encouraging.