Hydroxychloroquine and itchy skin
I started taking hydroxychloroquine (plaquenil generic) a little over three weeks ago after being diagnosed with lupus (sle). For the past couple of weeks I have had areas of itchy skin without a rash. One minute an area on my foot is itchy, then an area on my arm, hand, chest, etc. The area may become red but often returns to a normal color after half an hour or more if I don't scratch.
I asked my rheumie if the plaquenil could be doing this and she said it wouldn't. However, I noticed that the full generic name of the medication is hydroxychloroquine sulfate. I'm allergic to sulpha and wonder if the itchiness may be a reaction to the plaquenil. Has anyone had a similar experience? Thank you for any information you can provide!