It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Arthritis Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-21-2006, 09:22 AM   #1
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 5
superola HB User
Plaquenil - How long till it works??

Hi. I have been taking Plaquenil since July 9, 2006 (6 weeks) and I do not notice results so far. For those of you who have taken it, how long does it take to work and how will I know it's starting to work? I really appreciate your response. I have arthritis in my feet and ankles. I still take Tylenol but my rheumi has advised not to take Naproxyn while taking the Plaquenil. Thanks in advance! Rosie

 
Old 08-21-2006, 04:23 PM   #2
Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 312
teachergirl64 HB User
Re: Plaquenil - How long till it works??

It took a good 12-16 weeks for me to be able to tell it was working. I also started MTX about that same time. I developed lots of neurological problems while on Plaquenil and finally stopped it altogether. I hadn't realized it was helping so much until I stopped taking it.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 08-21-2006, 05:12 PM   #3
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 2,067
Baybreeze HB UserBaybreeze HB UserBaybreeze HB UserBaybreeze HB UserBaybreeze HB UserBaybreeze HB UserBaybreeze HB User
Re: Plaquenil - How long till it works??

It took me about 9 or 10 months. When I developed a severe flare, my rheumy started me on prednisone and plaquenil at the same time. This way while I tapered off the pred over 8 months, the plaquenil was building up in my system. Once I stopped the pred, I got some fatigue back and felt a little flarish, but nothing like i was. Then it took several more weeks just on the plaquenil before I really noticed I was feeling pretty good. I take 400 mg per day of the plaquenil. I had have some little flare-ups while on it but they didnt last long and were not as bad as before I ever took it. The only time I flared up badly was when my epidural steroid injections into my spine wore off. But even then, it only took about 3 weeks for me to feel better. It can work so slowly that it's hard to notice it's giving you any benefits. But it sure helps me keep flares from going berserk.

 
Old 08-23-2006, 08:19 AM   #4
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 14
ShannonH HB User
Re: Plaquenil - How long till it works??

My doctor prescribed both Plaquenil and Naprosyn. Did your doctor give a reason why those two should not be prescribed together? This concerns me.

 
Old 08-24-2006, 05:19 PM   #5
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Bloomington, IN USA
Posts: 296
creinha HB User
Re: Plaquenil - How long till it works??

It's really hard to be patient, I know. It took about three months before I noticed any difference.

Your RD should have told you it would take a while for it to be effective. If you are in a lot of pain, call your doctor and ask for a short round of prednisone. It will help you get through the rough patch until the Plaquneil kicks in.

Hang in there.

* Gentle Hugs *

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Take Plaquenil if few clinical SLE symptoms? thinkfast Rosacea 26 09-25-2011 02:20 AM
Plaquenil side effect: hairloss JPCA Lupus 26 11-30-2010 02:49 PM
Methotrexate vs plaquenil side effects long term and short term mysteria Arthritis 4 11-17-2009 11:25 AM
Plaquenil - side effects??? sunnybc Arthritis 6 09-17-2008 05:54 PM
Refusing to take Plaquenil RedOnTheHead Lupus 12 07-14-2008 10:48 AM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added




Top 10 Drugs Discussed on this Board.
(Go to DrugTalk.com for complete list)
Bextra
Celebrex
Enbrel
Humira Ibuprofen
  Methotrexate
Mobic
Prednisone
Tylenol
Vioxx




TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



jennybyc (108), Haydena (90), Moldova (47), margarita889 (23), d j (21), Janet20 (16), ladybud (13), Greengal04 (10), dajo (10), gingertea (8)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1004), Apollo123 (905), Titchou (848), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (759), ladybud (754), midwest1 (669), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:50 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!