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    Silverlioness, I had the same problem with plaquenil and vision. For me the efeect on my eyes became permanent. My right eye appears to have a cloud floating around in it. I can actually see it move and the opthamologist told me that the eye is filled with a jelly like substance and mine has a small gray matter in it. This is causing the blurred vision. This all started with the plaguenil and it has been 8 years ago. When the "cloud" is not directly in the center I can see very well.

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    i was just diagnosed 2 weeks ago and started on plaquenil. i too had major gi symptoms--loss of apetite, diarrhea and vomiting. i also had 2 different times while on it fevers to 101. the first fever and chills i had was chalked up to pneumonia(ive never had it in my lifetime). was wondering if anyone has had fevers with the plaquenil?

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    Hi Lapointe67:
    Diarrhea is one of the common side effects of Plaquenil which does not require immediate medical attention. The other common side effects are:

    headache; itching (more common in black patients); loss of appetite; nausea or vomiting; stomach cramps or pain.
    Sometimes, side effects include Bleaching of hair or increased hair loss; blue-black discoloration of skin, fingernails, or inside of mouth; dizziness or lightheadedness; nervousness or restlessness; skin rash.

    However, if you have any of the side effects below, you should contact your doctor:
    Blurred vision or any other change in vision—this side effect may also occur or get worse after you stop taking this medicine

    Convulsions (seizures); increased muscle weakness; mood or other mental changes; ringing or buzzing in ears or any loss of hearing; sore throat and fever; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual tiredness; weakness.

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    Melart,

    Scary. Made me change my mind about skipping my eye check-ups.

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    speaking from experience, I would keep all eye appointments when on Plaquinille. One of the side effects i experienced is small blood vessles that develeoped in my eyes which eventually caused my right eye to detach the retna and I no longer have any vision in my right eye. My left eye also develeoped these vessles, but i am being monitored very closely.
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    I also had terrible problems but with generic plaquenil (hydrochloroquine).
    When I switched to name brand had a lot of improvement with upset stomach etc... It is expensive but for me it was worth the switch. I also have drastic improvement with my level of fatigue. I took the generic for 2 years with diarrhea daily (sorry to be gross). My doc thinks the generic upset my stomach enough that I wasn't even absorbing the medication. Hope this helps and good luck.
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