- Are Plaquenil and Prednisone the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Plaquenil?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Prednisone?
- What Is Plaquenil?
- What Is Prednisone?
- What Drugs Interact With Plaquenil?
- What Drugs Interact With Prednisone?
- How Should Plaquenil Be Taken?
- How Should Prednisone Be Taken?
Are Plaquenil and Prednisone the Same Thing?
Prednisone is also used to treat or manage many conditions, including endocrine disorders, collagen diseases, dermatologic diseases, allergies, ophthalmic (eye) diseases, respiratory diseases, hematologic disorders, neoplastic diseases (cancers), edematous states, and gastrointestinal diseases.
Side effects of Plaquenil that are different from prednisone include stomach pain or cramps, loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, dizziness, spinning sensation, ringing in your ears, mood changes, nervousness, irritability, skin rash, itching, or hair loss.
Side effects of prednisone that are different from Plaquenil include acne, thinning skin, weight gain, restlessness, and trouble sleeping.
Both Plaquenil and prednisone may interact with antibiotics, tuberculosis medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), HIV/AIDS medications, estrogens (including oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy), or seizure medications.
Prednisone may also interact with potassium-depleting agents (e.g., amphotericin B, diuretics), anticholinesterase, anticoagulants, antidiabetic drugs, bupropion, cholestyramine, cyclosporine, digitalis glycosides, barbiturates , rifampin, azole antifungals, quetiapine, skin tests, thalidomide, and live or inactivated vaccines.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Plaquenil?
Common side effects of Plaquenil include:
- stomach pain or cramps,
- loss of appetite,
- weight loss,
- spinning sensation,
- ringing in your ears,
- mood changes,
- skin rash,
- itching, or
- hair loss.
Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Plaquenil including:
What Are Possible Side Effects of Prednisone?
Common side effects of Prednisone include:
- acne, thinning skin,
- weight gain,
- restlessness, and
- trouble sleeping.
Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of prednisone including
What Is Plaquenil?
Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is an antimalarial medication used to treat or prevent malaria, a disease caused by parasites, which enter the body through the bite of a mosquito. Plaquenil is also used to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus. Plaquenil is available in generic form.
What Is Prednisone?
Prednisone is a glucocorticoid indicated to treat or manage many conditions, including endocrine disorders, rheumatic disorders, collagen diseases, dermatologic diseases, allergies, ophthalmic (eye) diseases, respiratory diseases, hematologic disorders, neoplastic diseases (cancers), edematous states, and gastrointestinal diseases. Prednisone tablets are available in generic form.
What Drugs Interact With Plaquenil?
Plaquenil may interact with acetaminophen, cancer medications, tuberculosis medications, birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, arthritis medications, ACE inhibitors, antibiotics, antifungals, cholesterol medications, HIV/AIDS medications, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), or seizure medications. Tell your doctor all medications you use.
What Drugs Interact With Prednisone?
Prednisone may also interact with antibiotics, anticholinesterase, isoniazid, bupropion, cholestyramine, cyclosporine, digitalis glycosides, estrogens (including oral contraceptives), barbiturates, ritonavir, indinavir, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), quetiapine, skin tests, thalidomide, and live or inactivated vaccines.
Following prolonged therapy, withdrawal of corticosteroids such as dexamethasone or prednisone may result in symptoms of the corticosteroid withdrawal syndrome including muscle or joint pain and feeling unwell (malaise).
How Should Plaquenil Be Taken?
The adult dose of Plaquenil to suppress malaria is 400 mg on the same day each week. The pediatric weekly suppressive dosage is 5 mg/kg of body weight. The adult dose of Plaquenil to treat an acute attack of malaria is an initial dose of 800 mg followed by 400 mg in six to eight hours and 400 mg for two more days. To treat lupus erythematosus, the average adult dose is 400 mg once or twice daily.
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