Hi Nola - I'm another UCTD dx with a rheumy who admits it's most likely lupus and will show up clinically eventually - but the longer it doesn't and is controlled with Plaq - so much the better. I've been taking Plaq since December. I felt better on it very quickly, and my hair stopped falling out within a couple weeks of starting. I had a tiny bit of GI distress initially, but it was very shortlived, and really, I've had far bigger problems taking other meds, even vitamins. than the Plaq. It helped my fatigue first, and then I also started noticing the morning stiffness was getting better. I also felt it provided better mental clarity and creative energy. It is my new best friend
That said - I did have a bad flare that started in Feb and hung on at various levels for a couple mos. But I also have Fibro and spring was a doozy in my neck of the woods, I had to fly out of state to get my mother moved and settled into a retirement home when her vision failed, and I started taking a Statin drug for high cholesterol (which I had to stop). All things ganged up on me and I felt pretty bad for awhile. Can't imagine how I would have felt without the Plaq, though!!! Anyway - I'm rounding the corner and feeling pretty good again now. From what I have gathered from this forum - there will still be some flares and bad days - but far fewer with the Plaq.
I do think my sensitivity to sun has increased with the Plaq, and I was slow to learn the importance of SUNSCREEN (and make sure it is for both UVA and UVB). I apply it everyday now. I like Neutrogena spf 45 - but will get the 70 next time for summer time use.
I take 200 mg of Plaq in the AM and PM with food. If I take it later in the evening, applesauce seems to work well as the best "buffer".
Hope this helps - I don't know anything about bcp's or PCOS but I'm sure someone on here does!.
I hope the Plaquenil helps your symptoms and you start feeling much better soon!
diagnoses: mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds: Plaquenil 400 mg, occasional low dose xanax for sleep aid, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, Advil/aspirin prn