I've been on plaquenil for 6 months for suspected Sjogren's syndrome (I don't have antibodies for Sjorgren's or Lupus but I do have Hashimoto's and have all the symptoms for Sjorgren's so the rheumatologist suggested a trial of plaquenil). Basically I've been on the drug since January and saw the rheumatologist on Wednesday to see how things are going. What if plaquenil doesn t work Long term plaquenil therapy Plaquenil lupus nephritis Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur Incidence not known. Blistering, peeling, loosening of the skin blurred vision or other vision changes chest discomfort, pain, or tightness cough or hoarseness dark urine decreased urination defective color vision diarrhea difficulty breathing Many people using this medication do not have serious side your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur arm/leg/ back pain, fast heartbeat, hair loss /color change, mental/mood changes e.g. anxiety, depression, hallucinations, ringing in the ears / hearing loss. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is used to treat malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more. I do think it's helped with fatigue and muscle pain but it's hard for me to compare to Xmas as when the improvement is so gradual I think it's really hard to notice on a gradual basis. I *think* I'm improving but it's been a gradual process and I said to him that it's quite hard to tell how much of an improvement I'm feeling. What are the side effects of stopping plaquenil Plaquenil Side Effects Go Away? DailyStrength, HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE - ORAL Plaquenil side effects. Prices for plaquenilPlaquenil and diahreahWellbutrin and plaquenil RARE side effects. If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression. Abnormal Liver Function Tests. Acute Liver Failure. Acute Pustular Eruptions On Skin. Bronchospasm. Decreased Blood Platelets. Decreased White Blood Cells. Common and Rare Side Effects for Plaquenil Oral. Hydroxychloroquine Side Effects, Dosage, Uses, and More. Stopping plaquenil - side effects? rheumatoid. Note This document contains side effect information about hydroxychloroquine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Plaquenil. For the Consumer. Applies to hydroxychloroquine oral tablet. Along with its needed effects, hydroxychloroquine the active ingredient contained in Plaquenil may cause some unwanted effects. Aug 26, 2016 So I ran out of my plaquenil and the Rheum. that prescribed it I am no longer seeing and wont re-fill it and I dont see my new Rheum. until Decemeber 23rd. I am nervous to see what will happen. The pharmacist said there wont be any danger just stopping it. Im just nervous to see what my body will do. Has anyone gone off the plaquenil and what happened? I hear my new Rheum. is all for it so I. I have read about people stopping P & flaring up. Those who stopped it abruptly had real problems similar to what you are experiencing. If you really need to get off it, I would taper down slowly, very slowly. There is a similar posting on Healthunlocked, "Why oh why did u stop taking plaquenil." You may want to check it out.