Plaquenil and Blindness - from FDA reports


Summary

Blindness is found among people who take Plaquenil, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 1 - 2 years, also take medication Methotrexate, and have Rheumatoid arthritis . We study 26,525 people who have side effects while taking Plaquenil from FDA. Among them, 74 have Blindness. Find out below who they are, when they have Blindness and more.

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Plaquenil

Plaquenil has active ingredients of hydroxychloroquine sulfate. It is often used in systemic lupus erythematosus. (latest outcomes from Plaquenil 28,335 users)

Blindness

Blindness has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis (latest reports from 19,559 Blindness patients).

On Jan, 27, 2017

26,525 people reported to have side effects when taking Plaquenil.
Among them, 74 people (0.28%) have Blindness


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Plaquenil cause Blindness?

Time on Plaquenil when people have Blindness *:

  • < 1 month: 8.33 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 8.33 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 8.33 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 50.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 8.33 %
  • 10+ years: 16.67 %

Gender of people who have Blindness when taking Plaquenil *:

  • female: 70.42 %
  • male: 29.58 %

Age of people who have Blindness when taking Plaquenil *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 4.08 %
  • 30-39: 2.04 %
  • 40-49: 10.2 %
  • 50-59: 28.57 %
  • 60+: 55.1 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (30 people, 40.54%)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (11 people, 14.86%)
  • Spinal Column Stenosis (7 people, 9.46%)
  • Pain (7 people, 9.46%)
  • Joint Deposit (7 people, 9.46%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Methotrexate (17 people, 22.97%)
  • Enbrel (14 people, 18.92%)
  • Humira (13 people, 17.57%)
  • Arava (11 people, 14.86%)
  • Synthroid (10 people, 13.51%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Nausea (13 people, 17.57%)
  • Pain (12 people, 16.22%)
  • Vision Blurred (11 people, 14.86%)
  • Macular Degeneration (11 people, 14.86%)
  • Breathing Difficulty (11 people, 14.86%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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