Can plaquenil change blood test results?

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   Posted 2/17/2013 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
6 months ago I went to the rhemutologist and they did some blood work. They said something was showing up in my blood but that in a few months my blood work would show a little more info. So they put me on plaquenil without a diagnosis and said we will see you in 6 months and run more tests. So I just took my blood tests and am heading back to the doctor in about a week and a half. My question is will the plaquenil change the tests results they are looking for? Would the normal range be different while on this medication?
25yr old. Tried pentasa, switched to apriso. Had months of prednisone and b12 injections, tried humira with bad results.
Now on apriso, remicade, multivitamin, b12 drops, coq10, prescription strength vitamin d, plaquneil
Doctor said i have crohns, hiatal hernia, b12 deficiency, anemia, malabsorption syndrome, osteopenia.

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   Posted 2/17/2013 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mommyof2little1s,whilst plaquenil is a mild immunosuppressant i dont think it will be strong enough on its own to make significant changes to your blood work.However i am sure there will be more knowledgable people along that can give you a more definate answer.Good luck Paul

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   Posted 2/17/2013 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Plaquenil is not usually considered to be an immunosuppressant even though it may be marked down as that. It is never considered in that way by doctors.

It is what we consider a disease "modifier". Precisely why it is so useful in lupus in not exactly known but it has been used for a very long time to treat it.

It may be working (usually takes a few months) to keep your disease from progressing. Sometimes one of the ways they differentiate one immune disease from another is to see how the body reacts to plaquenil & other medications.

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   Posted 2/21/2013 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the help. I'm going back to the doc on Tuesday so hopefully they can tell me more. Sorry for the slow response. I kept forgetting to log back on here. To much working.

Today I was feeling sick to my stomach then all of the sudden I feel a little better but then my entire left left breaks out in a rash like hives. The rash went away about 15 minutes later and I've felt sick again every since. The girls at work tell me they can't wait to hear what my final mystery diagnosis is. The list just keeps getting bigger. But all I can do is LOL about it.
25yr old female. Tried pentasa, switched to apriso. Had months of prednisone and b12 injections, tried humira with bad results, b12 sublingual b12, coq10, apriso, remicade, multivitamin, vitamin d, plaquenil, etc
Doctor said: crohns, hiatal hernia, b12 deficiency, anemia, malabsorption, osteopenia, still in testing for lupus but Ana is positive.
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