Systemic Lupus , lupus nephritis , raynoids , Carpal Tunnel
The Old Normal is no more so I and we have to find a New Normal...
Geesh - wish I'd never asked!
As usual I seem to be the odd duck out. I was losing weight without trying before starting on the plaq - and seem to be gaining without changing much of anything - since then, other than increasing my activity. Guess which one is more distressing?
Thanks for the responses, though. Gonna have to bite the bullet and really get serious about dieting and see what happens.
I was on Plaquenil for 2 yrs and gained 60 pounds. I had not changed my eating habits or my exercise habits during those 2 yrs. The only thing that I could figure was it was from the Plaquenil so I stopped taking it. The weight hasn't come off yet and I don't feel any worse for not taking it. Now, I am not advocating the stopping of medication, all I am saying is look at the whole picture.
Thanks, Blu - It's good to hear another side of the story - although not exactly comforting, and I'm sorry about your wgt gain. Like I said - I don't feel I'm doing anything differently, either. There seem to be so many angles to the wgt gain/loss thing. I do think it's possible that weight loss which may have been largely muscle loss just prior to starting the plaquenil may have altered my metabolism. How long have you been off the Plaquenil?
Sj - You brought to mind my "cracker habit" in the evening so I could take my second dose - I suppose those calories add up....
I have been off the plaquenil now for about 1 month. I am still hoping that the longer I am off of it the better my chances are that the weight will come off.
Blu - I hope you've alerted your rheumy. I'd hate for you to flare after going off. But I'm also really curious. Please keep us posted on what happens with the weight and/or results of staying off the Plaquenil. Good luck!