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    Default Anybody have low blood sodium when on Plaquenil?

    My blood test prior to Plaquenil had slightly elevated sodium. Flash forward 2 mons and 129 - 135 is considered normal. Anyone else have this. It may be from excessive thrist from dry mouth. Also had diarrhea in beginning but cut my magnesium in 1/2 and eat a lot of rice w/ meal. Maybe this med is not for me?
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    There are different reasons for low mineral counts in your blood. Check with your Dr. My low counts are due to medical conditions not the plaquinel.
    Good Luck and let us know.

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    Hi Nonna,

    I will be getting a second opinion tomorrow. I just thought to do an MRI for low sodium was excessive. I have reduced my water to apprx 8 glasses a day. I say it was the Plaquenil b/c the excessive thirst started after beginning the P. They reduced my dose so not quite as thirsty, but having to ignore it some. Will see what new Dr says tomorrow.
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    Heron;
    I have to honestly say that you are the only person I've ever heard of who suffers from drinking TOO MUCH water!! That just blows my mind (lol). Most of us have to work hard to drink enough water.
    Let us know what your doctor said, is this the new GP??

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    It can actually be a nervous disorder in some. Even called a mental problem LOL. It is my only beverage and Plaquenil made me so thristy. I am fighting for the last few days to not over-drink water who knows how much I was drinking. But I have had low serum sodium b4 in 1995 and it was due to excess fiber and excess water. B/c of this former problem I did not think MRI the way to go. Now I struggle w/ fiber due to gluten free diet but was drinking a lot of water. It can actually cause problems. So the thing about drink when your thirsty does not apply to me as I am always thirsty since FMS (over 25 yrs I don't like to count) now w/ Plaquenil even more.

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    I would have never considered it to be a nervous disorder. But now that you mentioned it, I will pass it along to my son as his wife drinks about 2-3 gallons of water per day and she has been diagnosed with a nervous disorder. Thanx for the info.
    I wish you the best of luck in trying to manage your intake! Warm Hugs

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    I had low sodium before Plaquenil. Maybe it is a part of SLE? Just a thought.
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    Thanks Kat,
    I am trying to schedule a new lab which may reveal more.
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