Review: could Plaquenil cause Insomnia?
Summary: Insomnia is found among people who take Plaquenil, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 6 - 12 months, also take medication Prednisone, and have Rheumatoid arthritis.
We study 14,723 people who have side effects while taking Plaquenil from FDA and social media. Among them, 257 have Insomnia. Find out below who they are, when they have Insomnia and more.
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Plaquenil has active ingredients of hydroxychloroquine sulfate. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis. (latest outcomes from 15,539 Plaquenil users)
Insomnia (sleeplessness) has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, pain, high blood pressure, stress and anxiety. (latest reports from 143,724 Insomnia patients)
On Jan, 26, 2015: 14,723 people reported to have side effects when taking Plaquenil. Among them, 280 people (1.90%) have Insomnia.
Time on Plaquenil when people have Insomnia * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
Gender of people who have Insomnia when taking Plaquenil * :
Age of people who have Insomnia when taking Plaquenil * :
Severity of Insomnia when taking Plaquenil ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
How people recovered from Insomnia ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Rheumatoid arthritis (79 people, 28.21%)
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (40 people, 14.29%)
- Osteoporosis (36 people, 12.86%)
- Smoking cessation therapy (23 people, 8.21%)
- Depression (20 people, 7.14%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Prednisone (59 people, 21.07%)
- Methotrexate (59 people, 21.07%)
- Celebrex (43 people, 15.36%)
- Folic acid (42 people, 15.00%)
- Neurontin (36 people, 12.86%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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Hi Everyone - I am desperate to talk to people who suffer like me. I have RLS and insomnia. I take Mirapex, Gabapenten, and have tried about 6 different kinds of sleeping pills and for the last 3 years I sleep about 3 to 4 hours a night. I can fall asleep but I cannot stay asleep. I am so sick of living like this. Nothing helps to keep me asleep. I go to bed at the same time every night (9) and around 1:00am, I wake up to go to the bathroom then the nightmare begins.... I cannot go back to sleep. I feel tired, depressed, alone and desperate for help. I have been to the Mayo Clinic twice and to numerous doctors and although they try, I can't get better. I exercise everyday for 1 - 1&1/2 hrs a day. I do not have any other health issues at all. This is a real big problem and a awful way to live. I just feel so alone and sad.
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