I've been on Plaquenil for almost 4 mo. and no significant change yet. A little less fatigue but still have pain most of the time especially neck and shoulders, low back and hips. Also taking Naprosin and due to increase in GI irritation tried to wean myself off but discomfort much worse leading me to believe Plaquenil not doing much at all. Was told it could take 4 mo but doubt that on the first day of the 5 th mo change will occur. When should I start seeing some effects if in fact it is going to help?
The benefit from Plaquenil was gradual for me. I don't remember exactly but I think it was about 6 months before I really noticed anything. My doctor also increased my dose from 400mg to 600mg and that helped. Plaquenil alone isn't enough for me. I also take prescription anti-inflammatories (Piroxicam 20mg, etc.). I agree that Plaquenil is not the most helpful of my meds but I do benefit from it. I didn't realize how much it helped until I tried to go off of it. Good luck with everything and let us know how it goes!
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