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Review: could Plaquenil cause Weight gain (Weight increased)?

We study 14,683 people who have side effects while taking Plaquenil from FDA and social media. Among them, 280 have Weight gain. Find out below who they are, when they have Weight gain and more.

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Plaquenil

Plaquenil (latest outcomes from 15,492 users) has active ingredients of hydroxychloroquine sulfate. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis.

Weight gain

Weight gain (latest reports from 527,847 patients) has been reported by people with depression, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder, pain, high blood cholesterol.

On Sep, 10, 2014: 14,683 people reported to have side effects when taking Plaquenil. Among them, 280 people (1.91%) have Weight Gain.

Trend of Weight gain in Plaquenil reports

Time on Plaquenil when people have Weight gain * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Weight gain0.00%21.43%21.43%28.57%7.14%14.29%7.14%

Gender of people who have Weight gain when taking Plaquenil * :

FemaleMale
Weight gain88.89%11.11%

Age of people who have Weight gain when taking Plaquenil * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Weight gain0.00%0.45%0.91%3.18%8.18%25.91%39.55%21.82%

Severity of Weight gain when taking Plaquenil ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Weight gain0.00%46.67%33.33%20.00%

How people recovered from Weight gain ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Weight gain0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (74 people, 26.43%)
  2. Systemic lupus erythematosus (31 people, 11.07%)
  3. Osteoporosis (29 people, 10.36%)
  4. Fibromyalgia (28 people, 10.00%)
  5. Depression (28 people, 10.00%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Folic acid (78 people, 27.86%)
  2. Prednisone (71 people, 25.36%)
  3. Methotrexate (61 people, 21.79%)
  4. Celebrex (48 people, 17.14%)
  5. Lasix (39 people, 13.93%)

* 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 (8 months ago):

  • Heart rate only increases after taking Plaquenil dose and then returns to normal a while later. I have also noticed weight gain since I started on plaquenil.

    Reply

  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • Lost 20 pounds then gained 7 of it back without changing anything in my eating or exercise habits. I did stop taking the flexiril for a while but I'm not sure if it was during that period when I lost the weight. I also stopped taking birth control pills low-ovral at that time and haven't gone back on. I attributed the weight loss to that at that time but now that I am gaining weight with no apparent reason I'm not so sure. My TSH levels are usually low around .33 and .41 and below.

    Reply

  • From this study (3 years ago):

  • I did have an overactive thyroid but it could not be controlled with carbimazole, so, the doctor decided to treat with radio-active drink and 'kill' the thyroid. I now have to take thyroxine for the rest of my life. The weight gain happened at this time and I have not been able to lose it. I also get very breathless.

    Reply

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