Hydroxychloroquine belongs to a class of medicines called disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). DMARDs reduce symptoms such as pain and swelling and slow down the progress of certain autoimmune diseases (disease where the body's natural defence system attacks own body cells) such as:
Majority of these effects tend to resolve spontaneously.
Your doctor also may suggest regular eye exams while taking this medication. Visual changes experienced early on or seen early during regular eye exams usually improve after stopping the medication.
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Hydroxychloroquine may interact with other medicine or supplement that you are taking. Inform the doctor, pharmacist or specialty nurse (such as dermatology or rheumatology) before starting any medicines and supplements.
Your doctor may reduce your dose when taken with medicines such as Tamoxifen (a medicine to treat breast cancer), as they might increase the chance of you experiencing severe side effects.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
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