Seatx & Living5oul.
I have never read that Plaquenil carries a high risk of being a contributing factor to anemia.
I have read (and just checked my lupus hardcover again) that the following are much higher contributing factors to anemia:
(1) SLE itself
(2) heavy monthly bleeding & resulting iron-deficiency anemia
(3) stomach lining bleeding (gastritis) from NSAID's (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.)
(4) slowdown or shutdown of bone marrow, which produces red blood cells (slowdown = "hypoplasia" & shutdown = "aplasia")
(5) chronic renal (kidney) disease
(6) autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), where autoantibodies to the surface of red blood cells are being produced
My hardcover does mention a very uncommon problem with Plaquenil causing hair to change to gray, damage to muscle cells, and "lower blood counts"---but these side effects occur [so says my hardcover] LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF THE TIME; and, further, THE RISK OF BLOOD COUNT PROBLEMS, IN ABSENCE OF ALLERGIC RASH, IS "1 IN 30,000".
Anyway---that's what I found on Plaquenil & anemia... To me, the above info makes the correlation sound very, very (etc.) low. QUESTION: Did the info you read citing a correlation between anemia & Plaquenil include any relative risks/odds?
Hope you are both generally OK. I send my best wishes. Vee (P.S. I was slightly anemic but BEFORE starting Plaquenil; I improved after being ON the drug. Hmmmmm.... What does it all mean? Is anything straightforward in this disease, or consistent across patients?