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Thanks so much Carol and Hippi. Taking the Plaq is what I was leaning toward... I just have to be so incredibly careful with any medications. I am checking with my pharmacy today on pricing, and if they can order it. It seems they dont carry name brand Plaquenil. Go figure.
Victoria,Plaquenil is one of the safest drugs on the market. Plaquenil is an antimalarial, and it works by blocking ultraviolet light from damaging skin, lowering cholesterol levels, blocking cytokines that promote inflammation, and altering the acid-base balance of cells, thus limiting their ability to process antigens and lessening antibodies. Another important feature is that antimalarials do not lower blood counts or make patients more susceptible to infection. The onset of action is two to three months with benefits noted by patients in four to six months. Antimalarials are not used in the management of organ-threatening lupus. Plaquenil can decrease damage to the tissues of the joints, skin and other organs in the body.
The most important thing that you need to remember is that the drugs that doctors put us on when they suspect we have Lupus or have given us a diagnosis of Lupus, helps us today, tomorrow and 2 months from now. By controlling the Lupus they're able to keep the damage to skin, tissue and organs down to a minimum. The whole name of the game is to keep our body from attacking itself and that's what the Plaquenil helps to do. When we're in a mode of no symptoms rarely will the doctors take us off the drugs, the drugs are what got us there and they want to continue to keep it that way. No drugs, the body starts to take over again and attacking itself.
I hope this helps you. Good luck!