Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Plaquenil

Descriptions


Hydroxychloroquine belongs to the family of medicines called antiprotozoals. Protozoa are tiny, one-celled animals. Some are parasites that can cause many different kinds of infections in the body.

This medicine is used to prevent and to treat malaria and to treat some conditions such as liver disease caused by protozoa. It is also used in the treatment of arthritis to help relieve inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain and to help control the symptoms of lupus erythematosus (lupus; SLE).

This medicine may be given alone or with one or more other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Hydroxychloroquine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, hydroxychloroquine is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Arthritis, juvenile
  • Hypercalcemia, sarcoid-associated
  • Polymorphous light eruption
  • Porphyria cutanea tarda
  • Urticaria, solar
  • Vasculitis, chronic cutaneous

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet