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 autophagy mice Symptoms of plaquenil eye problems Plaquenil and rheumatoid arthritis While side effects of corticosteroids are usually to blame, there is also the possibility of ocular damage associated with long-term use of the antimalarial drugs hydroxychloroquine brand name Plaquenil® and chloroquine. Improved vision screening tests and updated dosing guidelines are key to avoiding such complications. Wow, I hate to hear that you had to stop taking plaquenil. It's such a wonder drug. What does your rheumy suggest? Not knowing what your dx is, I don't know what to tell you. Since you're taking Enbrel and MTX, I suppose you have RA and I can't imagine having that and not being able to take plaquenil. Yes, Plaquenil suppresses the immune system. Autoimmune disease such as Sjogrens occurs when the body gets "confused" and attacks healthy tissue instead of just attacking the germs. Basically, the immune system is a bit out of control. Plaquenil works by suppressing the immune system. 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. Stop antibodies drug plaquenil Stopping Plaquenil and Cellcept when on Antibiotics, Discontinued Plaquenil.other options? Plaquenil rosaceaDoes plaquenil lower blood pressureChloroquine concentration Plaquenil is effective for Lupus patients, as well as people with UCTD described to me by a rheumatologist as "Lupus-like" or "Lupus-lite" or "mild Lupus". So it's very possible to be on Plaquenil without having a formal Lupus diagnosis. To get a Lupus diganosis you need to have 4 or more of 11 Lupus criteria, within a 5 year period. Plaquenil -. Do either hydroxychol/Plaquenil put you at. -. Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine - Side Effects, Dosage.. PLAQUENIL is indicated for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria due to P. falciparum, P. malariae, P. ovale, and P. vivax. PLAQUENIL is indicated for the prophylaxis of malaria in geographic areas where chloroquine resistance is not reported. Limitations Of Use In Malaria. PLAQUENIL is not recommended for the treatment of complicated malaria. Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine belongs to a group of medications known as anti-inflammatories and antimalarials. It is used alone or in combination with other anti-arthritic medications to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It helps to reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling in joints. When phenothiazine medications, certain beta blockers, or certain parasite medicines are taken together with Plaquenil, interactions can occur that may affect the drug levels in your blood. This could increase your risk for side effects or decrease the effectiveness of the medicines.