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.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's ModeratorDIAGNOSING LUPUS & LUPUS RESOURCES
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