Post Edited (lynniecat) : 11/19/2008 3:27:33 PM (GMT-7)
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UCTD, Inflammatory Arthritis, Diverticulosis, (recent dx - Sjogrens, Crohn’s 4/08)
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Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus ForumSLE(’00), Sjogren's Syndrome, Raynaud's Syndrome, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depression, Herpes Simplex 1Plaquenil, Prednisone(8mg), Piroxicam, Xanax(as needed), Trazodone, Boniva(monthly), Wellbutrin SR, ValtrexLinks: DIAGNOSING LUPUS (4 of 11), LUPUS INFORMATION, LUPUS RESOURCES, Donate to HealingWell, Drug Interactions
Plaquenil is a catagory C drug for pregnancy. This is according to the AAP. This is what it means:
RISK CANNOT BE RULED OUT:Adequate,well-controlled human studies are lacking, and animal studies have shown a risk to the fetus or are lacking as well. There is a chance of fetal harm if the drug is administered during pregnancy; but the potential benefits may outweigh the potential risks.
Here is a website I found when I was nursing: http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/aap-approved-meds.html
It has a chart for many common drugs and what the American Association of Pediatricians classify drugs for use in pregnancy and also breastfeeding. When I discussed plaquenil with my pediatrician when I was nursing, he said it was fine during pregnacy and breastfeeding, but it seems that the jury is still out on this when it comes to pregnancy because they just haven't done enough studies.
By the way, I also miscarriedin January 2006, and then 16 months ago I had a 8lb3oz baby boy who is as strong as an ox. However, I must add that the erratic hormone levels after my baby was born seemed to accelerate the progression of my Lupus. I wasn't on any meds during my pregnacy but took both plaquenil and darvocet while I was nursing with no ill effects. I wish you the very best of luck and many prayers.
PCP DX Lupus and Fibro, Taking plaquenil,Propranolol, Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab. Homeschooling Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6. Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.