Review: could Plaquenil cause Muscle cramp?
(By eHealthMe on Mar, 9, 2014)
Severity ratings: 4.0/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
We study 14,633 people who take Plaquenil. Among them, 32 have Muscle cramp. See who they are, when they have Muscle cramp and more. This review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Plaquenil (latest outcomes from 15,409 users) has active ingredients of hydroxychloroquine sulfate. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus. Commonly reported side effects of Plaquenil include nausea, nausea aggravated, fatigue, joint pain, pain.
Muscle cramp (painful sensation caused by muscle contraction) (latest reports from 49,345 patients) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, pain, depression.
On Feb, 25, 2014: 14,111 people reported to have side effects when taking Plaquenil. Among them, 32 people (0.23%) have Muscle Cramp.
Time on Plaquenil when people have Muscle cramp * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Muscle cramp||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||0.00%||0.00% |
Gender of people who have Muscle cramp when taking Plaquenil * :
|Muscle cramp||77.14%||22.86% |
Age of people who have Muscle cramp when taking Plaquenil * :
|Muscle cramp||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||32.26%||22.58%||45.16% |
Severity of Muscle cramp when taking Plaquenil ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Muscle cramp||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
How people recovered from Muscle cramp ** :
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Osteoporosis (11 people, 34.38%)
- Rheumatoid arthritis (5 people, 15.62%)
- Sle arthritis (2 people, 6.25%)
- Blood cholesterol increased (2 people, 6.25%)
- Arthralgia (1 people, 3.12%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Forteo (13 people, 40.62%)
- Neurontin (11 people, 34.38%)
- Hyzaar (10 people, 31.25%)
- Vioxx (8 people, 25.00%)
- Fosamax (6 people, 18.75%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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Can't figure out the problem. Taking nifedipine er 90mg for Raynaud's, treating MCTD with hydroxychloroquine 200mg also taking multi-vitamin, calcium/magnesium/vit D, then added vit E, extra vit D (I live in Seattle AND have Seasonal Affective Disorder- Winter Blues), have taken massive amounts of vit C and Ecinachea & Goldenseal off and on for several weeks to combat winter sniffles & mild cold symptoms. The cramping can be anywhere, have had it in toes, feet, ankles, shins, knees, thighs, hips, abdomen, ribcage, hands, forearms, upper arms. Most times below knees. Can it really be not drinking enough water, or something else? Maybe just common with MCTD?
FarmDee on Jan, 23, 2013:
Echinacea and golden seal both cause hydroxychloroquine to build up in the body. You may have mild hydroxychloroquine toxicity!! This can worsen and become very serious. Stop taking those supplements and ask your doctor if you should skip some doses of your hydroxychloroquine.
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