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Posted By : lucysgd - 8/12/2017 12:20 PM
Generic Plaquenil has always been problematic for me. But paying for brand, became impossible due to insurance issues. I used Sanofi Aventis brand thru Canada drugs online for over a year and then the familiar peanut shaped tablet stamped with the name Plaquenil changed to a a non stamped, different textured round tablet in blister packs in Sanofi labeled box, now from Turkey rather than UK. I continued for about a year, with gradually worsening symptoms/flare periods, and began to wonder about the quality of the Plaquenil from Turkey. After much investigating I found that Prasco Pharmaceticals produces an "authorized" generic which uses the identical formula that Brand plaquenil produced. And I was thrilled to find a local pharmacy that would special order it for me at very reasonable cost. Other pharmacies in town would or could not, due to their distributor agreements.

Sorry this is so long. My question has to do with the Prasco authorized version of Brand Plaquenil. Has anyone else experienced issues with it?
It is indeed much the same in appearance as the former Sanofi Brand, but I am continuing with flare symptoms and problems including now adding two positive dsDNA results and + U/As. I know it's possible that this has more to do with progression rather than the Medicine, but it seems to correlate back to the change in the use of the original Sanofi Brand Plaquenil that I had taken for several years.

Thanks to anyone who read through this post! There are other conditions and issues at play here, and I'm to begin Methotrexate next month, but this question keeps nagging at me. Obviously many people have taken the generic form all along with no trouble, but every time I tried to, it seemed to cause lots of GI issues and didn't seem effective at reducing symptoms. Anybody else struggle with the generic or use the Prasco authorized successfully?

Posted By : Lynnwood - 8/12/2017 8:33 PM
I was never able to use the generic I was offered, but I didn't go thru what you experienced looking for a generic that would work for me - once I knew the locally offered one didn't work, I was able to go back to name brand. Hopefully another member will see this and be able to help you out.

Best wishes,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

Posted By : lucysgd - 8/12/2017 10:31 PM
Thanks Lynwood. Are you still taking the non generic brand? When my insurance changed it would have cost me over $700/month.

Posted By : Lynnwood - 8/13/2017 9:30 AM
No, my Lupus has gone "quiet" (they don't say "remission" with Lupus), due to the miracle of Cellcept. I haven't had to take any Lupus meds for quite a while.

I was disabled due to Lupus, which means Social Security Disability and Medicare - which covered name-brand Plaquenil, so my cost was never that high.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

Posted By : lucysgd - 8/13/2017 1:28 PM
It's good to hear that that happens as well! May it remain quiet forever and always.
I don't know why the cost of Brand Plaquenil skyrocketed in 2014, but it certainly had an impact for me.

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