Although I take Enbrel, and MTX, neither one work as well as the Plaquenil and the fatigue and joint pain have returned full force. I had to get off of plaquenil as well b/c of toxicity and benign tumors behind my eyes. I'm just wondering if any of you here have had to stop taking Plaquenil and if so what you replaced it with? Not knowing what your dx is, I don't know what to tell you. I haven't found a replacement except that I started my cytoxan every month now. Hydroxychloroquine liver talks Hydroxychloroquine radiotherapy Atp quantification assay chloroquine The lower the dosage of steroids, the better for the patient. You may be given a steroid medication at first to help reduce the lupus symptoms until the time that the Plaquenil begins to take effect, which, as we mentioned, can take several months. Some drugs that may interact with Plaquenil antacids; botulinum toxins; digoxin; kaolin I said that. He told me I have UCTD and I should take Plaquenil which will make me feel better and possibly prevent future damage. When I had a severe stomach reaction, the nurse told him and he said "tell her to stop taking it." I asked the nurse what else I could take and she said "nothing". Dx of IBS and early stage autoimmune disorder taking omeprazole, bupropion, plaquenil hydroxychloroquine and be more Dx of IBS and early stage autoimmune disorder taking omeprazole, bupropion, plaquenil hydroxychloroquine and bentyl as needed. I have period cramps. I also seem to be having a lot of anxiety and I never had this before I stopped my Plaq Am I just losing my mind? All I can do is offer you my sympathy and suggest you talk to your rheumy or hope that others here have an answer for you. I found that some of my symtoms came back after I got off of plaquenil too but I never found something to really "replace it" unforntunately. Yes I do get some kind of strange migraines but without the pain??? (If anything) Since stopping it even the sun is now my worst enemy and I have had to get a pair of sun glasses.. Hi momto3, Wow, I hate to hear that you had to stop taking plaquenil. Since you're taking Enbrel and MTX, I suppose you have RA and I can't imagine having that and not being able to take plaquenil. I have suffered with migraines for thirty years and the only true relief I've ever gotten are from accupuncture and immitrex. I've had other problems as well but I don't think those would help you b/c they are more related to SLE. What else can i take if i cant take plaquenil Started taking Plaquenil for Lupus and now I can't sleep., Stomach cramps from Plaquenil - what to do? Lupus Forums. High cost of hydroxychloroquineChloroquine systemic lupus erythematosus Nov 20, 2013 Taking the two is just fine and used in Lyme and other difficult infections. Plaquinil works like a weak antibiotic. MAMA Make sure to take your doxy with food to ease stomach make sure it does not have a lot of iron or calcium such as liver or cheese,ice cream ect. Minocycline and Plaquenil - Scleroderma - Inspire. What should I watch for taking acetaminophen and plaquenil.. Started taking Plaquenil for Lupus and now I can't sleep. Any.. I was also diagnosed in August 2013 and also can't take prednisone. I was on plaquenil for 4 - 5 months and my lungs got worse, doc said plaquenil wasn't strong enough. I'm now on 10 mg/wk methotrexate, and sarcoidosis seems to be better. May 24, 2019 Take hydroxychloroquine with food or milk. Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush. Keep taking hydroxychloroquine as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well. Do not take antacids or kaolin within 4 hours of hydroxychloroquine. What do I do if I miss a dose? Apr 02, 2010 there are several drugs now that you can take instead of the plaquenil. these type of drugs they have now work in a different way then the methotrexate and plaquenil. most of these drugs you will still take the methotrexate. i researched these drugs before i made my decision and so for myself i started on the enbril and boy what a difference.