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 are some of the side effects of plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine and peripheral neuropathy I just had major spine surgery in November. The surgeon had me check with my rheumy about stopping Plaquenil and I was told to continue it, or just stop it the day of surgery then get right back on, I asked what would happen if I stopped for a week and was told I'd risk going into a flare. I stayed on it and surgery went OK. What happens if I stop taking plaquenil hydroxychloroquine suddenly? Dr. John Goldman, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Answered Aug. 28, 2012 54 years experience in Internal Medicine - Rheumatology Long time. Plaquenil hydroxychloroquine takes a long time to get out of the system - up to 18 months. Be certain you and your. What next if plaquenil doesn't work? Support Forums. Really though in order not to have worse things happen it is what we have to do. I know it is scary but anything to stop the pain and misfunction of not being able to use my hands or move my knees or not have my ankles cave out and fall. 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 will happen if i stop taking plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine plaquenil withdrawl? - LUPUS UK, What happens if I stop taking plaquenil. Hydroxychloroquine and charcot marie tooth diseaseChloroquine still effective for malaria prophylaxisHydroxychloroquine sulfate中文 What happens if I miss a dose Plaquenil, Plaquenil Sulfate, Quineprox? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose. What happens if I overdose Plaquenil, Plaquenil Sulfate, Quineprox? Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine Side effects, Images, Uses.. What next if plaquenil doesn't work? -. Protecting your eyesight when taking Plaquenil Lupus.. Saturday was a week since I stopped taking Plaquenil, aka Hydroxychloroquine, per my doctor's instructions, and I think I am going through some form of withdrawal. I took the drug as a treatment for sarcoidosis and one of the side effects is a reduction in white blood cells, which is what has happened to me. Plaquenil Some patients decide to stop taking statins, a cholesterol-lowering drug, if they experience side effects. A new study tracked how they did. With Plaquenil, however, the most commonly prescribed anti-malarial, this sort of damage occurs only in 1 out of 5,000 people who take the drug for five years or more. For this reason though, it is important that you see an ophthalmologist for an exam before starting to take an anti-malarial medication for your lupus.