Review: could Plaquenil cause Blindness?
Summary: Blindness is found among people who take Plaquenil, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 2 years, also take medication Klonopin, and have Joint deposit.
We study 14,712 people who have side effects while taking Plaquenil from FDA and social media. Among them, 45 have Blindness. Find out below who they are, when they have Blindness and more.
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Plaquenil has active ingredients of hydroxychloroquine sulfate. It is often used in systemic lupus erythematosus. (view latest outcomes from 15,517 users)
Blindness has been reported by people with diabetes, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, erection problems, depression.(latest reports from Blindness 14,656 patients)
On Nov, 29, 2014: 14,706 people reported to have side effects when taking Plaquenil. Among them, 45 people (0.31%) have Blindness.
Time on Plaquenil when people have Blindness * :
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Gender of people who have Blindness when taking Plaquenil * :
Age of people who have Blindness when taking Plaquenil * :
Severity of Blindness when taking Plaquenil ** :
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How people recovered from Blindness ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Joint deposit (20 people, 44.44%)
- Spinal column stenosis (20 people, 44.44%)
- Calcinosis (18 people, 40.00%)
- Rheumatoid arthritis (7 people, 15.56%)
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (7 people, 15.56%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Klonopin (21 people, 46.67%)
- Concerta (20 people, 44.44%)
- Remeron (20 people, 44.44%)
- Lamictal (20 people, 44.44%)
- Vicodin (16 people, 35.56%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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I had foot soft tissue infection and hospitalized for two days and given IV for Cipro. Then I was released from the hospital and given Zyvox 600MG twice a day for ten days. Meanwhile, I am taking 2000 MG cellcept and 400MG Hydroxychloriquine for more than 10 years to control my lupus. Around the sixth days I had horrible joint pain for my whole body ans swollen on my hands and foot. I spoke to doctor, doctor said I should finish my zyvox doses since my foot infection does not cure yet. Then after two days I stopped the ZYvox, my joint pain getting better and swollen figers getting better but I feel headache and has fever. After surfing the internet, I found the interactions between hydroxychloroquine and the Zyvox could cause "The risk of peripheral neuropathy may be increased during concurrent use of two or more agents that are associated with this adverse effect. Patient risk factors include diabetesand age older than 60 years. In some cases, the neuropathy may progress or become irreversible despite discontinuation of the medications". I stooped taking Zyvox now, however, I am still taking my hydroxchloroquine and need to continue maybe life long. My appintment with my Rheumatologist is a month later. My pcp and Podiatrist seem have no idea about the interactions between the two medications. I would like to find out if I continue take hdroxycholoroquin, though I stopped the Zvox will still harm my nerv system? Should I stop taking Hydroxycholoroquine? How do I treat my headache and fever? Thanks
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