Re: Flares While Taking Plaquenil
I'm new here though I have lurked for years! I have been on Plaquenil 200mg BID for about 7 years now and before that I was on Chloroquine for about 6 years. I have never been in remission in the whole 13 years since my diagnosis - I live in a constant 'flare' though before I was on all the meds that I am on now it was definitely much worse, sometimes my rheumatologist would actually have to remove some of the water/swelling from around my knees with a huge needle just so that I could bend the joints! I haven't had to have that done in the last 7 years Thank God. 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:
prednisone 15mg daily
naproxen 500mg BID
methotrexate 6 pills once/week
ranitidine 150mg BID
Folic acid 10mg/daily except MTX day
demerol as needed for pain
percocet as needed for pain
flexeril as needed for neck and back stiffness
baclofen as needed for neck and back stiffness
and of course, with all those meds in my system, I also take labetelol 200mg BID for high blood pressure, ativan at bedtime to get to sleep, and most recently Zoloft for depression.
The good part about taking all these meds though, is that I can work full-time even even with having no remission and always 'flaring'. I also was able to have a baby last year (with alot of help from alot of great doctors and an excellent peri-natal and NICU hospital unit) and, I am raising him myself. I can't even imagine what I would be like without the meds, probably incapacitated.
So I think that your doctor just needs to get you on the right combination therapy - perhaps you need something else along with the plaquenil?
Wishing you good feelings!
Last edited by TisJustMe; 08-20-2007 at 11:23 AM.