I've been on plaquenil for 6 months for suspected Sjogren's syndrome (I don't have antibodies for Sjorgren's or Lupus but I do have Hashimoto's and have all the symptoms for Sjorgren's so the rheumatologist suggested a trial of plaquenil). Basically I've been on the drug since January and saw the rheumatologist on Wednesday to see how things are going. Is plaquenil quinine Side effects of plaquenil on the cornea Hydroxychloroquine effects on taste Find patient medical information for Hydroxychloroquine Oral on WebMD including its uses, side effects and safety, interactions, pictures, warnings and user ratings. May 07, 2012 Plaquenil Withdrawal Saturday was a week since I stopped taking Plaquenil, aka Hydroxychloroquine, per my doctor’s instructions, and I think I am going through some form of withdrawal. I took the drug as a treatment for sarcoidosis and one of the side effects is a reduction in white blood cells, which is what has happened to me. If your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms do not improve, or if they worsen, stop taking the drug and call your doctor. Once you and your doctor are sure the drug works for you, do not stop taking hydroxychloroquine without talking to your doctor. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis will return if you stop taking hydroxychloroquine. I do think it's helped with fatigue and muscle pain but it's hard for me to compare to Xmas as when the improvement is so gradual I think it's really hard to notice on a gradual basis. I *think* I'm improving but it's been a gradual process and I said to him that it's quite hard to tell how much of an improvement I'm feeling. Stopping plaquenil cold turkey Let me tell you what weaning down from Plaquenil is like., Plaquenil Withdrawal – Life As An Anomaly Hydroxychloroquine stops flu virusChloroquine phosphate pharmacokineticsChloroquine in breastfeedingChloroquine poisoning antidoteSulfasalazine and hydroxychloroquine After a month and a half-and being very depressed-actually ready to jump out a window--no kidding--I stopped the plaquenil--cold turkey. The bad dreams stopped, I was sleeping again, still have some stomach problems. I don't know why--I go see the RA MD tomorrow and I am sure we will discuss this. I will not take plaquenil ever again. Plaquenil Arthritis Information. Hydroxychloroquine MedlinePlus Drug Information. Quitting methotrexate cold turkey rheumatoid. I have psoriatic arthritus. I take an injection weekly of methotrexate. I have done this for several years now. I want to quit taking it. Can I safely quit it "cold turkey?" i.e. immediately or should I take steps of some sort? Hydroxychloroquine is a DMARD. The brand name is Plaquenil. What does Plaquenil do? Plaquenil relieves pain and swelling and prevents damage to joints. How long does Plaquenil take to work? Plaquenil works very slowly. In 1 to 3 months you should start to feel better. You may continue to get better for up to 1 year. Jan 28, 2011 Besides “normal” symptoms swelling, pain and stiffness 😀 Currently on 400mg daily and want to stop to ensure I can get a disability pension really hate to say it. Been out of work for alittle over a year and finances arent great, thinking I need alittle bit more help in that area.