Plaquenil sometimes takes 2-3 weeks before your stomach calms down - if you are taking it with food, switch to without food. Or if you are taking it without food, switch to with food. Of course, if you are having issues other than digestive ones talk with your Dr. Plaquenil has to build up in your system and often takes 2-3 months before you can see any beneficial effects.
Prednisone is often used to treat Lupus flares as well as other things like the skin disease you've mentioned. If you normally take it like that for skin flares, and it works, you are safe going ahead and taking it. (However, we are not Drs and you should check with your Dr if you have any concerns at all.)
Imuran is often used to treat Lupus flares. I believe my dosage was about
150 mg daily. Sometimes Drs start with lower dosages to make sure we can tolerate a medication before going up to a regular dose. Maybe that is what your Dr is doing.
Is your rheumatologist treating you for both illnesses? Make a list of your questions, and give the Dr a written list (also carry a copy for yourself) and make sure to go over each question at the appointment. If you don't find that satisfactory you certainly have every right to find a second opinion.
When is your next appointment?
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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