19 Oct 2019
Generic Name :HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE
Hydroxychloroquine is used for treating infections caused by mosquitoes which lead to malaria. However, the drug is not effective in treating certain kind of malaria like chloroquine-resistant. In addition to this, the drug helps in treating other auto-immune diseases like arthritis, lupus or rheumatoid. The drug falls under the category of medications which are called as Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs). The use of this medication is helpful in preventing skin problems and also swelling in the case of arthritis.
- Hydroxychloroquine has to be taken as directed by the doctors.
- Adult and pediatric dosages:
Oral Tablet: 400 mg orally on the same day every week
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty in breathing
- Irregular heartbeats
- Joint or muscle pain
- Loss of hearing
- Stomach pain
- Swelling in the feet or lower legs
- Tiredness or weakness
- Yellow eyes or skin
- Shakiness and unsteady walk
- Uncontrolled eye movements
Hydroxychloroquine has major interactions with 57 different drugs.
MODERATE DRUG INTERACTIONS –
Hydroxychloroquine has moderate interactions with 262 different drugs.
- This drug contains inactive ingredients which may result in allergic reactions. So a pharmacist must be consulted before consuming it.
- It is necessary to discuss any medical history related to eye problems, blood disorders, diabetes, liver and kidney disease, and various skin problems.
- Since this drug makes a person dizzy so activities like driving and others which need more attention should be avoided.
- Use of this drug show more sensitive symptoms on adults like confusion, drowsiness or constipation.
- This drug makes the skin very sensitive to the sun. So going out in the sun should be avoided
- Avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages as it can have adverse effects on liver.
PREGNANCY AND LACTATION WITH HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE:
- Use of Hydroxychloroquine in pregnancy may be acceptable only if the benefits exceed the risks involved.
- Studies in animal pregnancy have shown adverse effects on fetus. But no adequate studies have been found in humans to access the damage involved.
- Hydroxychloroquine transfers into breast milk. Preferable precautions must be taken during breast feeding.
- The use of this drug is not effective for treating Rheumatoid Arthritis during pregnancy.
- Use of this medication is not considered safe and effective for a long-term in children.
- • Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.