Author Topic: can you just stop taking plaquenil or do you have to wean off it??  (Read 7467 times)

valene2009

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i was just curious if i was to try plaquenil again for a few days/weeks if you decide
to stop do you have to wean off like a lot of drugs or can you simply stop taking it??thanks!!

Scottietottie

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Re: can you just stop taking plaquenil or do you have to wean off it??
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2010, 08:43:28 PM »
Hi Valene  :)

Plaquenil is one of those meds you can just stop. My rheumy told me to take a months rest from it once. I asked him about 'tapering' and he said "No - just stop it - and resume after a month."  I did - with no ill effects.

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Re: can you just stop taking plaquenil or do you have to wean off it??
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2010, 10:19:24 PM »
Me to I just went off it no side effects  :D

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Re: can you just stop taking plaquenil or do you have to wean off it??
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2010, 05:12:18 PM »
Under what circumstances would one stop taking it?  Due to side effects?  And if stopped for say a month and if its restarted, since it takes months initially to supposedly work, what effect will this have?  Would it take months again to be of benefit?


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Re: can you just stop taking plaquenil or do you have to wean off it??
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2010, 07:22:44 PM »
Hi Rob  :)

My rheumy just said to rest my system from it. Don't know where he's coming from but he believes that AI diseases don't seem to be as active in January and February as they are the rest of the year. (He's the doc - not me)

My thinking was that if it to9ok 6 months to get inbto my system - it would take longer than one month to get out of it - so I did what he said and stopped. A month later - I restarted but I didn't bother tapering that time. I was OK. Oddly enough - he's never suggested I 'rest it' again - so I haven't. Have now been taking it for six years.

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Re: can you just stop taking plaquenil or do you have to wean off it??
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2010, 07:37:18 AM »
Thanks for the info Scottie.