Hi Trish,
I just want to add my welcome to WHL. You have received some really good advice on this thread.
I want to add this - don't be afraid to ask your doc about other meds that might need to be added along with the plaquenil.
Several of us have taken Methotrexate in addition to Plaquenil, and there are other meds as well.
Tell your doc if you don't feel that Plaquenil is working by itself.