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Review: could Plaquenil cause Muscle cramp (Muscle cramps)?

We study 14,693 people who have side effects while taking Plaquenil from FDA and social media. Among them, 32 have Muscle cramp. Find out below who they are, when they have Muscle cramp and more.

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Plaquenil

Plaquenil (latest outcomes from 15,494 users) has active ingredients of hydroxychloroquine sulfate. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis.

Muscle cramp

Muscle cramp (painful sensation caused by muscle contraction) (latest reports from 51,029 patients) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, pain, depression.

On Sep, 18, 2014: 14,683 people reported to have side effects when taking Plaquenil. Among them, 32 people (0.22%) have Muscle Cramp.

Trend of Muscle cramp in Plaquenil reports

Time on Plaquenil when people have Muscle cramp * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Muscle cramp0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Muscle cramp when taking Plaquenil * :

FemaleMale
Muscle cramp77.14%22.86%

Age of people who have Muscle cramp when taking Plaquenil * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Muscle cramp0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%32.26%22.58%45.16%

Severity of Muscle cramp when taking Plaquenil ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Muscle cramp0.00%0.00%0.00%100.00%

How people recovered from Muscle cramp ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Osteoporosis (11 people, 34.38%)
  2. Rheumatoid arthritis (5 people, 15.62%)
  3. Sle arthritis (2 people, 6.25%)
  4. Blood cholesterol increased (2 people, 6.25%)
  5. Arthralgia (1 people, 3.12%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Forteo (13 people, 40.62%)
  2. Neurontin (11 people, 34.38%)
  3. Hyzaar (10 people, 31.25%)
  4. Vioxx (8 people, 25.00%)
  5. Fosamax (6 people, 18.75%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • 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?

    Reply

    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.
    - A concerned pharmacist

    Reply

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