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Old 11-29-2009, 05:50 PM   #1
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plaquenil and skin and vision

Is acne a side effect of plaquenil?

Another question I have about plaquenil is does it cause color blindness or loss of good vision?

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Old 11-30-2009, 05:59 PM   #2
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Re: plaquenil and skin and vision

VelvetRose, first off, I'm just a patient! But I think Plaquenil can cause an allergic skin reaction in a some people, and that the drug must be stopped if this happens.

Re VISION: I think a few people get melanin buildup in the eye from Plaquenil, which creates tiny blind spots. Therefore, people who take Plaquenil are told to have their eye doctor perform a "Plaquenil field vision test" every six months. The test detects early signs of buildup. If buildup is detected, you must stop the drug---but, happily, buildups *almost* always dissipate after the drug is discontinued.

The field vision test is quite simple. You stare at a screen; and when you see a flashing light, you depress a hand-held button. Takes 10-15 minutes.

BUT I think you should discuss both issues with your doctor, since both really require *professional* feedback! But I hope what I wrote does give you some ideas about what to ask. Good luck & let us know how you make out. Warm wishes, Vee

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Re: plaquenil and skin and vision

Hi Velvet Rose.

I have the same problem with the vision. As Vee said, have your eyes checked every six months, If there is any problems it will clear up as soon as you stop with the meds.

I started using Stemenhance, this helped with the vision without stopping my meds.

Good luck

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