Hi Dolly. Welcome to our forum. The lupus diagnosis is hard to take, but the positive thing is you're now getting treatment. I've been on plaquenil about
two years. I never had problems with side effects, but it took about
6 months before I began to feel better. Before my lupus symptoms started, I was healthy, exercised, and very active. During the two years I sought a diagnosis I developed high blood pressure, diabetes, major depressive disorder, high cholesterol, asthma, obstructive sleep apnea and IBS. So I was taking meds for all this and then got my lupus diagnosis. I'll be 50 in Sept. Try to be patient re the plaquenil. I'm sure you'll have lots of other questions soon. I have found everyone on our forum to be understanding and supportive friends. I look forward to hearing from you!
Dx: SLE diagnosed in 2005, major depressive disorder, diabetes, fibromyalgia, asthma, gerd, sleep apnea, hypertension, IBS
Tx: plaquenil, methotrexate, Imuran, prednisone 10mg, flexeril, prozac, lamectil, celebrex, lisinopril, actos, lipitor, nexeum, seroquel, advair, arthritis tylenol PRN: ambien, neurontin, promethazine, xanax, albuterol
supplements: multi vitamin, C, flaxseed oil, calcium/D
Better living through chemistry :D Donna