We were much later told that the Plaquenil had "lowered his tolerance to infection, as it is also an immuno-suppressant." In essence, the medicine allowed the viral infection to cross the barrier between his brain and blood/lungs. His/our question is as to whether he can or should EVER go back on the medication and risk exposure to further illnesses if it is true that Plaquenil or the generic for is, in fact, an immuno-suppressant and presents a serious health risk for him? Chloroquine eye exam Hydroxychloroquine and tylenol Can hydroxychloroquine be crushed What Conditions does Plaquenil Treat? malaria prevention; systemic lupus erythematosus; an autoimmune disease; malaria caused by the protozoa Plasmodium malariae; preventive treatment of ovale malaria Today, Plaquenil and other antimalarials are also used to treat and help prevent symptoms caused by certain autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis RA, systemic lupus erythematosus, and discoid lupus, even though these diseases are not caused by malaria parasites. There is buzz here and there about plaquenil, some people say it helps, others have miserable side effects for months and no help at all. There is no research on it that I have seen – it seems to be guesswork generating its use. There is no evidence I know of though I may be wrong that it can kill the encysted form of the spirochete in vivo. We've been told that his 'count' (900 cells per 1,000) was the highest infection level in the spinal fluid that the doctors had ever seen. All the patients they'd encountered w/lower levels had died. (He was never told of that risk when he was put on the medication.) Added : What I failed to mention (above) is that he almost died in April when this happened. Plaquenil kills Plaquenil is being used to treat Covid 19 lupus, Plaquenil What You Need to Know - Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus Can i take melatonin with hydroxychloroquineChloroquine phosphate injection uses Note This document contains side effect information about hydroxychloroquine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Plaquenil. For the Consumer. Applies to hydroxychloroquine oral tablet. Along with its needed effects, hydroxychloroquine the active ingredient contained in Plaquenil may cause some unwanted effects. Plaquenil Side Effects Common, Severe, Long Term -. Will plaquenil kill the encysted form of lyme? Buhner.. Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine - Side Effects, Dosage.. Dosage for Plaquenil. The adult dose of Plaquenil to suppress malaria is 400 mg on the same day each week. The pediatric weekly suppressive dosage is 5 mg/kg of body weight. The adult dose of Plaquenil to treat an acute attack of malaria is an initial dose of 800 mg followed by 400 mg in six to eight hours and 400 mg for two more days. PLAQUENIL does not prevent relapses of P. vivax or P. ovale because it is not active against the hypnozoite forms of these parasites. For radical cure of P. vivax and P. ovale infections, concomitant therapy with an 8-aminoquinoline compound is necessary see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY - Microbiology. Side effects of clindamycin that make it hard to tolerate include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and allergic-type reactions. Quinine Sulfate can cause ringing in the ears but can also cause muffled hearing and other severe neurologic conditions. Generally, as a Quinine-like medication, Plaquenil does not seem to cause these problems. Option 1.