My family doctor prescribes my medicine now and I only go to the Rheumatologist if I have a flare. I am doing very well but I want to know more about what Plaquenil actually does for SLE. Ok to go in the heat just wear lot s of suncreen and a hat. Cold is no problem usually covered with alot of warm clothes anyway... Price check for plaquenil Plaquenil side effects eye pain Can plaquenil cause kidney disease Hydroxychloroquine urticarial vasculitis My girlfriend takes both Plaquenil and Methotrexate. Plaquenil is an anti-malarial. Anit-malarials help keep lupus symptoms in check with very few side effects, although I don't think there is a general consensus as to why. Methotrexate is like Cellcept, a general immunosuppresant although I think a little less powerful. Plaquenil changes the way your immune system works. In some kinds of lupus, your immune system attacks your body instead of protecting it. Plaquenil tries to quiet or slow down the immune system. Plaquenil is used to keep this autoimmune disease at a less active phase- it is not just for joint pains and discoid It helps to also keep the flares less severe - unsure how it works they just know that it does. My lupus affects major body systems and joint pains have not been a big problem for me but it keeps the disease activity at a lower level so less other drugs such as prednisone are needed. I really havent had much luck or help with anyone Docs telling me any good answers on what plaquenil does for anything. So far I still hurt but don't have the problems with cold or heat. I have Lupus and i seem to be in less pain when taking plaquenil than without it. I love heavy tights or support hose for extra warmth on ankles and legs. I also have lupus but my rhumetologist put me on hydroxyquine (200mg) twice a day. What does plaquenil do for lupus Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine - Side Effects, Dosage, Interactions - Drugs, Lupus Medicines Hydroxychloroquine - Brigham and Women's. Hydroxychloroquine pregnancy category Plaquenil is most known for its original purpose treating and preventing malaria. Malaria is a disease caused by parasites that can enter the body through a mosquito bite. The essential ingredient, known as quinine, is derived from the bark of the cinchona plant. Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine for Lupus - LupusCorner. Stopping Plaquenil - General Discussion - Life With Lupus. Protecting your eyesight when taking Plaquenil Lupus.. Today, Plaquenil and other antimalarials are also used to treat and help prevent symptoms caused by certain autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis RA, systemic lupus erythematosus, and discoid lupus, even though these diseases are not caused by malaria parasites. Plaquenil belongs in a class of medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs DMARDs. Research into the wide-ranging effects of hydroxychloroquine has revealed many important benefits in the treatment of lupus; it must be noted that these benefits may be less effective in people who smoke Arthritis Care & Research 2010; 3–400. Benefits include Decrease in the number of disease flares. Plaquenil is an anti-malarial drug and is pretty standard treatment for any Lupus patient. What it does for me is to help more with the internal symptoms, such as the flu-like episodes, fever and chills, etc. that leave me bedridden.