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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Plaquenil
Plaquenil for Sarcoidosis [posted 8/14/98]
Answer: Not a drug we usually use for sarcoid.
Answer: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) was initially designed as an anti-malarial drug.
Subsequently, this drug (and others of its class) were found to have effectiveness in treating
Lupus and other auto-immune disorders. Since treatment in auto-immune disorders tends to
be longer term, side effects are seen with long term treatment that are rarely seen if treating
malaria. Generally this class of drugs is very safe. However, side effects are: Intravenous-
suppressed cardiac functioning, hypotension, cardiac arrest