... can it be discontinued and what is the side effects to watch for? After reading the info it states a case of vision loss after 1 year. Does that indicate blindness?
What is the difference between hydroxychloroquine and hydrocloroquine sulphate? After prolonged use?
Question posted by Rencraft on 29 May 2010
Last updated on 1 June 2010 by suzanne66
There is very little difference between hydroxychloroquine and hydroxychloroquine sulphate.
Hydroxychloroquine is the active drug and hydroxychloroquine suphate is the "salt" used in tablet formulations - when the tablet dissolves in the body hydroxychloroquine is released from the sulphate salt.
In rare cases, hydroxychloroquine has caused visual changes or loss of vision, but such vision problems are more likely to occur in individuals taking high doses for many years, or in older patients with significant kidney disease.
The dose used today is lower than the one originally used to treat arthritis or malaria. At todays recommended doses development of visual problems is unusual.
Read more at: http://www.rheumatology.org/practice/clinical/patients/medications/hydroxychloroquine.asp
- Hydroxychloroquine uses and safety info
- Hydroxychloroquine information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Hydroxychloroquine (detailed)
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