So far I have no more energy than when I first started and has developed neuropathy which I have just found out from Web MD that this neuropathy is one of the side effects of this med! Saying that by stopping this it would take another 6 months to build up the benefit. There are other meds that can help with what you are experiencing, and if your doctor didn't address that then I would seek out a second opinion... Please don't stop your plaquenil until you are sure it is the right thing to do and in your best interest. Plaquenil optic neuropathy Hydroxychloroquine ayuda a bajar de peso Plaquenil is generally well-tolerated, but side effects are possible. Common side effects linked to Plaquenil include nausea and diarrhea. Taking the medication with food eases nausea for most people taking the drug. Less common side effects include skin rashes, hair thinning, and weakness. Plaquenil is a 6-weeker as far as the benefits are concerned, but it would be more dangerous to stop if you spend a lot of time outside and if this were the summer. If you're gonna experiment, I went off it cold turkey as it didn't hurt to do it that way, but you better get back on before the summer or you could experience a flare-up. He can hear the wheezing and believes the Plaquenil is causing Bronchospasm and the cough. He ran a CT scan to ensure it was not Lymphodema in the chest and it came back fine. The MD told me he was not going to pull me off the Plaquenil, because he did not want the RA sypmtoms to worsen. Plaquenil is a 6-weeker as far as the benefits are concerned, but it would be more dangerous to stop if you spend a lot of time outside and if this were the summer. Or maybe another doctor if you're not comfortable w/your current one. Running fevers since going off plaquenil PLAQUENIL Side Effects, Reviews by Patients -, What is the correct way to discontinue use of plaquenil? Hydroxychloroquine and pregnancyChloroquine and anti-kellWhat else can i take if i cant take plaquenilBad side effects of hydroxychloroquine As some of you know I started on Plaquenil 6 weeks ago. After two weeks I stopped it because of liver pain, and we found out I had raised liver enzymes. I stayed off it for two weeks until I could contact my rheumatologist who was on holiday My rheumatologist did not think think the Plaquenil w. Coming Off Plaquenil questions - Sclero Forums MAIN - Sclero Forums. Plaquenil and Bronchospasm / Cough. DailyStrength. Stopping plaquenil. DailyStrength. Welcome to Sclero Forums! It is delightful to have you join us. I think your experience with going off plaquenil is very helpful for the rest of us to know about. You can let go of being angry at yourself, if you want. You didn't know for sure, ahead of time, that your health would worsen when you went off of plaquenil, did you? It works well on the more systemic side effects of RA e.g. pericarditis, pleuritis, fevers, etc. which is why Plaq is also used with lupus patients. I've been on it for about 2 1/2 years now, and won't stop unless I have to since it works well for me, it's cheap, easy to take oral tablet only twice a day, and I'm past the worst of the side. My new rheumy, after running a trillion tests, has said that if it weren't for my previous rheumy's test results, he would say I did not have lupus. So, I asked about coming off of plaquenil. He said that I could stop plaquenil cold turkey. It slowly decreases effectiveness in the body.