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? Anyone developed kidney stone while on hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil sjogren& 39 Drug interaction zantac and chloroquine Plaquenil and 5hr energy Plaquenil was actually first classified as an antimalarial drug, but it is also used to treat certain rheumatic and autoimmune conditions which are unrelated to malaria. Generally, Plaquenil is a treatment option as monotherapy used alone for mild rheumatoid arthritis or as combination therapy with other DMARDs for moderate to severe disease. Hi Guys, I haven't been here for a while - just checked in and found this question on Plaquenil - for me it took approx nine weeks to begin to work - I'm only taking 200mg per day so far - it seemed to stop working a few weeks later - most days are pretty good I s'pose but I drop nearly every afternoon. Which is what its supposed to do. I went additionally on Imuran about 8 weeks ago and have had more drastic symptom reduction, but that's because Imuran is an immune suppressants whereas plaquenil is an immune modulator/anti malarial. As a heads up plaquenil took 14 weeks for me to feel the full effects. 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 autoimmune Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil and Hair Loss Is my Plaquenil causing., Immune & Autoimmune - Lupus Plaquenil - Can It Work Quickly? Chloroquine autophagy lc3bSulfasalazine and hydroxychloroquine rheumatoid arthritisHydroxychloroquine for alopecia areataHow frequent is vision loss from plaquenil Aug 02, 2010 1. 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. Do either hydroxychol/Plaquenil put you at risk for greater.. Does Plaquenil actually work for you? autoimmunity. Do either hydroxychol/Plaquenil put you at risk for.. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is considered a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug DMARD. It can decrease the pain and swelling of arthritis. It may prevent joint damage and reduce the risk of long-term disability. Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of medications that was first used to prevent and treat malaria. Causes. Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disorder. Your immune system mistakenly attacks your body's own cells and tissues. Scientists aren't certain why some people develop Sjogren's syndrome. Plaquenil hydroxychloroquine is an effective medication for autoimmune conditions and malaria that comes with less side effects than other DMARDs. You will likely have to take additional medications to keep your rheumatoid arthritis in control.