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What is hydroxychloroquine?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) was developed to treat malaria, but was later found to be an effective disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD). It is taken as daily tablets. It is mainly given as a second or third DMARD for people with very active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or whose RA is still active while taking methotrexate. But it is sometimes given as the first DMARD for people with low RA disease activity. It must be taken for weeks or months before it reaches full effect.

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