papillonm I started plaquenil the first of December...my family doctor had to calm me down after the specialist put me on it. The rhuemy didn't tell me anything about the drug, not even why she wanted me to take it. I assumed it had something to do with the arthritis...but turns out she is suspecting lupus.
I went to my family doctor and vented all over her office. She sat there and listened. When I stoped she asked me to sit down and she explained everything. She recommended that I take both pills at night just before bed with a little tub of yogart. That way I sleep through the worst of the side effects. Then she told me that works really well for here....She's on it too. I felt much better after that.
If you are having symptoms please go back to your doctor and let them know. Ask if you can take your plaquenil the same way I am. I dont know what strength you are on so I would NOT recommend that you do this with out checking with your doctor.
I have not had any nausia or dizziness since I started doing this.