Derm Net NZ Medical Editor: Dr Delwyn Dyall-Smith, Dermatologist, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia. However, following an identical dose of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, tissue levels of chloroquine are 2.5 times those of hydroxychloroquine. Derm Net NZ Editor in Chief: Adjunct Prof Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand. Hydroxychloroquine is preferred due to its safer profile. Getting off plaquenil Plaquenil and teeth loss Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is considered a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug DMARD. It can decrease the pain and swelling of arthritis. It may prevent joint damage and reduce the risk of long-term disability. Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of medications that was first used to prevent and treat malaria. SIDE EFFECTS. The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of PLAQUENIL or other 4-aminoqunoline compounds. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is a drug that is classified as an anti-malarial drug. Plaquenil is prescribed for the treatment or prevention of malaria. It is also prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and the side effects of lupus such as hair loss, joint pain, and more. Hydroxychloroquine is considered safer than chloroquine during pregnancy and lactation. If there is a of hydroxychloroquine, although studies have not usually confirmed this clinical impression. Hydroxychloroquine pruritus Chloroquine-induced Pruritus - NCBI, Side Effects of Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine, Warnings, Uses Drug of choice for chloroquine resistant malaria in pregnancy Acta Derm Venereol. 1999 Jul;794333. Hydroxychloroquine-induced pruritus. Holme SA, Holmes SC. Comment in Acta Derm Venereol. 2000 Nov-Dec;806458. Hydroxychloroquine-induced pruritus.. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil Side Effects & Dosage for Malaria. Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine Uses, Dosage, Side Effects.. HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. What are the aims of this leaflet? This leaflet has been written to provide information for patients about hydroxychloroquine. It tells you what it is, how it works, how it is used to treat skin conditions, and where you can find out more about it. Hydroxychloroquine HCQ, sold under the brand name Plaquenil among others, is a medication used for the prevention and treatment of certain types of malaria. Specifically it is used for chloroquine-sensitive malaria. Other uses include treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and porphyria cutanea tarda. It is taken by mouth. Background Hydroxychloroquine sulfate and other antimalarial drugs have been used successfully as adjunctive therapy for patients with cutaneous lesions of dermatomyositis over the past 20 years. An increased incidence of cutaneous reactions to hydroxychloroquine has been postulated to occur in patients with dermatomyositis.