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OXCQ 200 mg

Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate

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SKU 517
Generic For Plaquenil
Generic Name Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate
Manufacturer Wallace, India
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About the drug

Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate is a drug that is mainly used to treat or prevent malaria infection. Apart from the above use the medication is also used with other medicines to treat various auto immune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus etc.

Uses of the drug

The product is used in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, undifferentiated connective tissue disease,  lyme disease, sjogren's syndrome, arthritis by preventing pain or swelling, malaria caused by  mosquito bites and much more. It however does not work against some types of  malaria (chloroquine-resistant).

Working of the drug

The medicine belong to the class of medication called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). It can prevent swelling/pain in arthritis and reduce skin problems in lupus.

Manufacturer  

HCQS is manufactured by Wallace, India. The drug is available on our website under various pack sizes. To buy HCQS 200 mg online visit alldaychemist.com.

Dosage form and strengths

The drug is available in the form of tablets under the following brand name and strength on our website:

Strength:

  • HCQS 200 mg

Before you take the drug:

Do not take the drug if you:

  • Are allergic to Hydroxychloroquine or any  other ingredient of the drug
  • Are pregnant or planning to be pregnant. You must inform your doctor before hand if you have conceived
  • Are breastfeeding your baby. As the medicine may pass on to the breast milk and cause harm to the baby
  • Are a child as Hydroxychloroquine is not suitable for long-term treatment in children

Tell your doctor if you:

 

  • Have certain eye problems
  • Are alcohol dependent
  • Have certain blood disorder
  • Have certain genetic problem
  • Have diabetes
  • Have kidney disease
  • Have liver disease
  • Have certain skin problems
  • Have psoriasis
  • Have porphyria

 

Dosage

How much to take the drug?

The dosage of the medicine will be determined by your doctor after examining you thoroughly. It mainly depends on your weight, age, medical condition and also on your response to the treatment. The dose needs to be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor.

For malaria prevention the usual dose is one tablet once a week for the prescribed period. For rheumatoid arthritis or lupus the tablet is to be taken once or twice a day or as directed by your doctor.

How to take the drug?  

The medicine needs to be taken either with milk or food so as to prevent stomach upset. Take this medication by mouth using a glass of water.

For how long to take it?

For malaria prevention, the drug usually starts two week before entering the area where there is fear of contacting malaria. After that, it is to be taken once weekly when in the area and then continue taking it 4 to 8 weeks or as directed by your doctor after leaving the area.

For treating malaria, your physician may recommend a single dose or may recommend a high starting dose followed by smaller dose during the period of the treatment.

For lupus or rheumatoid arthritis your doctor may gradually increase the dose and after you show signs of improvement the dose may be lowered. Taking it on the same time every day is recommended. Take it exactly s prescribed and do not alter the dose and complete the duration for which the medicine is prescribed.

Overdose:

In case of overdose you must get medical attention immediately.

Miss dose:

If you miss a dose then take it as soon as you remember. However, do not double the dose to catch up otherwise it may lead to side effects.

Side effects of the drug:

You may experience some minor side effects such as:

 

  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea,
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache

 

If the above effects persist then you must consult your doctor. However, tell your doctor immediately in case you suffer from any of the below side effects such as:

 

  • Back/leg/arm pain
  • Irregular/fast heartbeat
  • Hair loss
  • Mood change
  • Depression/hallucinations
  • Hearing loss/ringing in the ears
  • Worsening of skin conditions
  • Eye problem
  • Low  blood sugar

 

The above list is not a complete list of side effects. In you feel any dis comfort after taking the medicine you must consult your doctor immediately.

Common drug interactions:

You doctor must be aware of the medicines that you are taking. This is essential so as to prevent any drug interaction. Tell your doctor if you are using penicillamine because very serious interaction may occur. There are several drugs which may interact with Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate. Hence, it is best to tell your doctor about the current medicines that you are taking.

Warning:

Things to remember:

  • Avoid prolong sun exposure as the medication may make you more sensitive to sun. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen when outdoors.
  • Caution should be exercised when using the drug in children as they may be prone to side effects of the drug.
  • Keep the medicine away from children as talking the medicine even in small quantity can be dangerous.
  • This medicine is not recommended to be used during pregnancy even f it is for treating rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The medicine should not be shared with anyone even if the person is having the same symptoms.
  • When travelling in any area at risk for malaria use precaution such as insect repellent, protective clothing, bed nets etc.
  • Store the medicine at room temperature away from light and moisture and also out of the reach of children.
  • Get yourself monitored by doctor at periodic interval to understand your progress.

 

 

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