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Date: 03.06.2014
From: Rachel

Subject: Meds - MTX and Plaquenil

Hi
I have RA and been on 15mg of Mtx for past 4 years. It's not working that well anymore and now they are adding Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 400mg a day into the mix. Not sure about this drug and its side effects. I have tolerated the Mtx quite well. Anyone on both of these?
Cheers
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Date: 03.06.2014
From: rhona

Subject: Re: Meds - MTX and Plaquenil

Hi Rachel. Yes, I take both. Plaquenil is one of the safer drugs for RA. I have been on it for around 7 years. You do have to get your eyes checked once a year while on it.
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Date: 03.06.2014
From: Rachel

Subject: Re: Meds - MTX and Plaquenil

Thanks rhona, do you get any other side effects from it?
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Date: 04.06.2014
From: rhona

Subject: Re: Meds - MTX and Plaquenil

Not that I know of Rachel, I have never had any. I used to be a smoker and after I started plaquenil I went right off it as it always made be feel a bit sick so I can thank the plaquenil for helping me stop.
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Date: 09.06.2014
From: Rachel

Subject: Re: Meds - MTX and Plaquenil

Thanks Rhona. I have been taking it for three weeks now and haven't felt any difference at all. Does it take a while to kick in?

Cheers for your replies!
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Date: 09.06.2014
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Meds - MTX and Plaquenil

12 weeks, I think, Rachel.
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Date: 10.06.2014
From: Rachel

Subject: Re: Meds - MTX and Plaquenil

Cheers Rhona, you've been a great help.
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