So far I have no more energy than when I first started and has developed neuropathy which I have just found out from Web MD that this neuropathy is one of the side effects of this med! Saying that by stopping this it would take another 6 months to build up the benefit. There are other meds that can help with what you are experiencing, and if your doctor didn't address that then I would seek out a second opinion... Please don't stop your plaquenil until you are sure it is the right thing to do and in your best interest. Is hydroxychloroquine an immunosuppressant How quickly does eye damage progress hydroxychloroquine Basically, plaquenil's effect is to modulate the immune system, which is something that could be quite beneficial for some of us. You can do what you want, but you might want to consider giving plaquenil more of a chance, and be far more wary of the prednisolone prednisone/steroid. The Plaquenil I believe, builds up in your system before it works. I'm not sure that it wouldn't be at full strength by 2 1/2 years though. Possibly you need some other meds to aid in getting the lupus under control, these are the ones that I am currently on along with the plaquenil How does Plaquenil help me battle lupus? Antimalarials are able to help modulate the immune system. And, they have the additional benefit of not making your body more susceptible to infection a noted side effect of many other lupus medications. Plaquenil is a 6-weeker as far as the benefits are concerned, but it would be more dangerous to stop if you spend a lot of time outside and if this were the summer. Or maybe another doctor if you're not comfortable w/your current one. Does plaquenil stop progression of lupus Lupus - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic, Immune & Autoimmune - Lupus Flares While Taking Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine sulphate bp 200mgBruising on shin from plaquenilWhat other drug can you take with plaquenilRetinal damage plaquenil The first symptoms of lupus usually occur somewhere between the teen years and the 30s and may be mild, severe, sporadic, or continual. Common general symptoms include fatigue, fever, and hair loss. Lupus can also affect individual organs and body parts, such as the skin, kidneys, and joints. Lupus Disease Information Johns Hopkins Lupus Center. Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine for Lupus - LupusCorner. Things that Changed My Life with Lupus Fatigue, Part 3. How does it differ from lupus in severity, and does it advance on the same timetable as lupus? Howard_Smith,_MD Lupus and Sjogren’s syndrome are both autoimmune diseases, that is, the body is attacking itself. They are distinct, separate diseases; however, many patients have both of them at the same time. It's hard to generalize about severity. There are five stages of lupus, beginning with stage one when the patient is displaying no symptoms, to stage five when they are experiencing excessive protein loss and swelling, Healthline states. Stages can vary between patients, and not everyone experiences them all, according to WebMD. Plaquenil is used to keep this autoimmune disease at a less active phase- it is not just for joint pains and discoid It helps to also keep the flares less severe - unsure how it works they just know that it does. My lupus affects major body systems and joint pains have not been a big problem for me but it keeps.