Medications


Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate Oral Tablet 200 mg

Uses

This medicine is used for the following purposes:

  • arthritis
  • autoimmune disorder
  • blood disorder
  • prevent malaria
  • malaria
  • calcium removal
  • skin inflammation
  • infections caused by bacteria

Instructions

Take the medicine with food.

Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not keep in the bathroom.

Keep the medicine away from heat and light.

Do not take antacids within 4 hours before or after this medicine.

Tell your doctor if you have severe or persistent sweating, diarrhea or vomiting. These can increase your risk of a serious side effect.

This medicine may cause you to become more sensitive to the sun. Use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you are exposed to the sun.

It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses of this medicine at one time.

Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.

If your symptoms do not improve or they worsen while on this medicine, contact your doctor.

This medicine may cause low blood sugar. It is very important to have regular meals and exercise regularly as instructed by your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience symptoms of low blood sugar.

Symptoms of low blood sugar may include nausea, shaking, sweating, cold skin, fast heartbeat, hunger, and irritability.

It is very important that you keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.

This medicine may increase risk for an abnormal, life-threatening heart rhythm. This risk increases with some medical conditions. Combination with other medicines that increase QT prolongation, such as azithromycin, can also increase risk. Before starting this medicine, make sure your provider is aware of all medicines and medical conditions.

This medicine is associated with a rare but very serious medical condition. Please speak with your doctor about symptoms you should look out for while on this medicine. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop those symptoms.

Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.

Taking this medicine in high doses or for a long time can damage the eyes and cause blindness. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor immediately if you notice any changes in vision. These changes may be blurred vision, light streaks or flashes, or swelling or color changes in the eye.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.

Please check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while on this medicine.

If you drink more than a few alcoholic beverages each day, ask your doctor whether you should be on this medicine.

Contact your doctor if you develop any signs of a new infection such as fever, cough, sore throat, or chills.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.

Please tell all your doctors and dentists that you are on this medicine before they provide care.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • decreased appetite
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • stomach upset or abdominal pain
  • increased risk of sunburn
  • vomiting

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • loss of balance
  • change in behavior
  • bleeding that is severe or takes longer to stop
  • unusual bruising or discoloration on skin
  • confusion
  • depression or feeling sad
  • ear problems (ringing in the ears, hearing loss)
  • swelling of the legs, feet, and hands
  • fainting
  • changes in hair color
  • hair loss
  • hallucinations (unusual thoughts, seeing or hearing things that are not real)
  • fast or irregular heart beats
  • slow heartbeat
  • seeing flashes or halos around lights
  • sensitivity to light
  • symptoms of liver damage (such as yellowing of skin or eyes, dark urine, unusual tiredness or weakness; severe stomach or back pain)
  • mood changes
  • uncontrollable movement of face, tongue, arms or legs
  • muscle aches, spasms or abnormal movements
  • muscle weakness
  • feeling of numbness or tingling in your hands and feet
  • pale or blue skin, lips or fingernails
  • seizures
  • shortness of breath
  • severe stomach or bowel pain
  • suicidal thoughts
  • unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • blurring or changes of vision

A few people may have an allergic reactions to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Extra

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it.Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions.Always follow their advice. There is a more complete description of this medicine available in English.Scan this code on your smartphone or tablet or use the web address below. You can also ask your pharmacist for a printout. If you have any questions, please ask your pharmacist.


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