Posted 5/1/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -7)
The listed side effects of plaquenil do warn you that you may become sensitive to sunlight. I was a bit sensitive, as most of you are, before plaquenil, but I definitely avoid the sun now. Also, 2 months is not a long time to give plaquenil a try. 4-6 months may be the average length of time before anyone will see any effects. That's not to say that some will feel effects sooner, but most will take longer than 2 months. Personally, I never have felt the effects of plaquenil, and I've been on it almost a year. My rheumy keeps me on it, though, so I assume there's a reason.
I don't think asking your rheumy to wait a bit is unreasonable. I have never heard of wearing sunscreen indoors, though? You must be very very sensitive to sunlight.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan