Plaquinil Yacks?

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SSDore9240
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   Posted 8/28/2008 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Does the Plaquinil make anyone else feel like yacking  all the time, even after months/years of use?
 
I still feel yacking and I have been on it for over 3 months, this time.  Last time I took it for over 2 years and eventually quit because of the way it made me feel.  I learned the hard way that I MUST take it.
 
Any tricks of the trade to make it easier...take lower dose every 6 hrs or putting it in food?
 
Any ideas to keep me from adding another med to combat the yacks?
 
Thanks,
Stephanie
31 year old mom of 1: SLE, UCTD, FM, Arthritis, Reynalds(?), Migraines, Alopecia, Neuropothy(L:Hand & Foot), Int. Bells Palsey, Costrocondritis(?), a bunch of other stuff I don't remember right now and even more labwork I dont understand! Patient at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.
 Plaquinil, Trazodone, Lidoderm, Percocet for now...I hate taking the meds!  Refusing any more Prednisone!


PattyLatty
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   Posted 8/28/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Stephanie, I only had tummy problems from the plaquenil for the first two or three months. I've been taking it for four years and have no side effects whatsoever. I'm so sorry you have problems with it because it's such a wonderful drug, and my rheumy tells me I'll be on it for the rest of my life. I hope someone else here will be able to give you some sound advice. I take it first thing in the a.m. on an empty stomach and last thing at night, also on an empty stomach. Don't know if that's the correct way to take it, but it works for me.

Have you talked to your pharmacist about it? My pharmacist has become a very good friend and is always happy to stop and help me any time I ask him to. You'd be surprised at how knowledgeable they are, and most are very friendly and helpful.

I hope you can get some answers. Let us know what you find out.

Pat
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hippimom2
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   Posted 8/28/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm like Pat and it really only upset my stomach for about the first 6-8 weeks. I have read about people spliting their dose up between morning and night by taking 200mg in the morning with breakfast and 200mg at night with supper, but you would have to make sure that is okay with your doc. I have to make sure I take mine with food. I have no idea if any of the stomach meds like prilosec or pepcid would help or not. I had to start taking prilosec because prednisone was really hard on my stomach and it helps with that.
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sjkly
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   Posted 8/28/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
It happened to me too-years ago I had to stop taking it. I had to start again 8 months ago and for the first four months I was sick all the time. I find that eating a small snack at least every two hours helped. I also had to split the dose half in the morning half in the evening. It is no longer making me sick (well it is right now since I am on antibiotics with the plaq) but I have lost 62 lbs because the plaq has completely eliminated any desire to eat-ever.
Sj

SSDore9240
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   Posted 8/28/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I currently am taking the plaq in the am and pm with food. I'm not sure that it is enough food though. I have no desire to eat as it only makes the sick feeling worse. I plan to try to actually eat more w the plaq to see if it helps along with a lunch/snack during the day...even though the desire is not there.

Thanks,

Stephanie
31 year old mom of 1: SLE, UCTD, FM, Arthritis, Reynalds(?), Migraines, Alopecia, Neuropothy(L:Hand & Foot), Int. Bells Palsey, Costrocondritis(?), a bunch of other stuff I don't remember right now and even more labwork I dont understand! Patient at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.
 Plaquinil, Trazodone, Lidoderm, Percocet for now...I hate taking the meds!  Refusing any more Prednisone!


jhmom
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   Posted 8/28/2008 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I take all of my meds at night after I eat. I have also noticed if I don't eat a lot I get nauseous. Sometimes it happens for no apparent reason, I think it's just a lupus thing. Try some Ginger Ale, that may settle your stomach. Take care
Stacie

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Serina
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   Posted 8/31/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Stephanie, I only had tummy problems from the plaquenil for the first two or three months.
 
So these stomach problems I am now having could be due to plaquinil, and after a certain amount of time maybe they will go away?  I sure hope so.  I went to the store and got a package of those pull ups for adults, because I cannot control the diarhea when it starts.  this would be so good if it is true that adjustments to plaquinil could take the stomach problems away.  Sometimes it is just a horrible stomach pain, but mostly it is also accompanied with diarhea.  I sure hope it is the plaquinil.  I took plaquinil before and do not remember the stomach problems.  i was also takin prednisone at the time, so maybe this was the reason I didn't have the stomach problem then.
 
thank you for posting about plaquinil being able to cause stomach problems.  and for providing a day arising that the stomach problems will be gone.
 
Hester

okie
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   Posted 8/31/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Are you taking Generic or name brand? some people here have problems with the generic that they don't have with the name brand. Of course it might be a problem with your insurance company. If somone already mentioned this I'm sorry.

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Serina
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   Posted 8/31/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Okie,
 
I think you are talking to me.  If so, I take generic plaquinil and promethazine.  I don't think medicaid and this new medicare prescription plan covers the name brand.  I take 200 mg in the morning of plaquinil and 200 mg at night.  I take 25 mg of the promethazine (phenigren) every six hours as needed.
 
I don't worry so much about it if it could be the plaquinil.  but the thought of  yet another disease like Chron's, I hate the thought of.  I already take 13 different medicines.  and can only see one doctor each month, and get one lab test each month, because of income and gasoline prices.  If I had to schedule more tests and more doctors, I don't know how I would do it.
 
Thank you for your response
hester

SSDore9240
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   Posted 8/31/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I also take the generic...I hadn't thought about that. I am having alot of reflux type action going on as well. My stomache stays wooozy and pains when I eat. My bowels on the other hand, work on thier own schedule, and its not a regular one!

Thanks for posting,
Stephanie
31 year old mom of 1: SLE, UCTD, FM, Arthritis, Reynalds(?), Migraines, Alopecia, Neuropothy(L:Hand & Foot), Int. Bells Palsey, Costrocondritis(?), a bunch of other stuff I don't remember right now and even more labwork I dont understand! Patient at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.
 Plaquinil, Trazodone, Lidoderm, Percocet for now...I hate taking the meds!  Refusing any more Prednisone!


Serina
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   Posted 9/1/2008 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Stephanie,

I have simply given up on my bowels and bladder and kill two birds with one stone.  I wear the depends. 

Hester


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