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Review: could Plaquenil cause Loss of weight (Weight loss - unintentional)?

Summary: Loss of weight is reported only by a few people who take Plaquenil.

We study 14,723 people who have side effects while taking Plaquenil from FDA and social media. Find out below who they are, when they have Loss of weight and more.

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Plaquenil

Plaquenil has active ingredients of hydroxychloroquine sulfate. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis. (latest outcomes from 15,539 Plaquenil users)

Loss of weight

On Jan, 14, 2015: 14,712 people reported to have side effects when taking Plaquenil. Among them, 1 people (0.01%) has Loss Of Weight.

Trend of Loss of weight in Plaquenil reports

Time on Plaquenil when people have Loss of weight * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Loss of weight0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Loss of weight when taking Plaquenil * :

FemaleMale
Loss of weight100.00%0.00%

Age of people who have Loss of weight when taking Plaquenil * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Loss of weight0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Severity of Loss of weight when taking Plaquenil ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Loss of weight0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Loss of weight ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (1 people, 100.00%)
  2. Add (1 people, 100.00%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Methotrexate sodium (1 people, 100.00%)
  2. Enbrel (1 people, 100.00%)
  3. Vyvanse (1 people, 100.00%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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