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could plaquenil have caused arthritis

could plaquenil have casued arthritis? I was diagnosed with discoided lupus in 1997 and now went to a new doctor and was told I do not have lupus any more, but have severe arthritis. I did not have arthritis until I started taking plaquenil.
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replied March 10th, 2012
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Arthritis is not a side effect seen with hydroxychloroquine. Plaquinil is medication usually given to treat arthritis associated with rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus and other forms or arthritis.

The main side effects of Plaquinil (Hydroxychloroquine)- headache, ringing ears, spinning sensation ,nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, mood changes, feeling nervous or irritable, skin rash or itching; or hair loss.

Other major side effects include - muscle weakness, twitching, or uncontrolled movement, incoordination, blurred vision, light sensitivity, seeing halos around lights; pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior; or seizure (convulsions).

In case, you seem to have similar symptoms , you should consult with your treating doctors for proper advice and help.

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