Welcome to the forum. My name is Kathy. I have SLE Lupus and have been on Plaquenil 400mg a day for over 14 years. Plaquenil is one of the number 1 drugs used in the treatment of Lupus. It is a very good drug with few side affects. I have not had any side affects to this medication. Plaquenil takes about 6 months to get the full benefit of the medication. Please don't be afraid of this medication. Go ahead and start the medication if this is what your doctor wants you to do. I think that they do suspect Lupus and like I said the benefits of Plaquenil far outweigh the side affects. Good luck and keep us posted ok.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.