Plaquenil is not a pain medication. It inhibits the progression of auto-immune disease such as UCTD, Lupus, and others. It takes 2-3 months to build up in your system, and will help keep your symptoms from getting worse. These auto-immune diseases are very difficult to diagnose, and sometimes how we react to the suggested medications helps the Dr determine what the correct diagnosis is.
Most of us don't realize that the Plaquenil is doing anything, UNTIL we try to discontinue it... then we realize it really has been shielding us from some symptoms.
The only down side to taking it is that you'll need a baseline eye exam, then an eye exam every year after that -- it has a RARE reversible side effect on peripheral vision that we need to watch for.
I suggest that you read our thread Lupus 101 - tells you about
things to look for and things that help. Let us know if you have additional questions.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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