Shifting from Prednisone to Hydroxychloroquine

Posted by charlena @charlena, Jan 22, 2020

My husband is now completely off prednisone. He transitioned from the prednisone to hydroxychloroquine. Has anyone else transitioned from the prednisone to the hydroxychloroquine? I would like to hear results of other people doing this. Thank you!

Hi @charlena that is good your husband has been able to get off of prednisone as I see in your past posts that he has struggled to make that transition.

@kimdett has mentioned taking both prednisone and hydroxycholorquine (Plaquenil) in the past and @boomerexpert has mentioned taken hydroxycholorquine and they may be able to share their experience.

Back to you @charlena, how is your husband? Any bad side effects form this transition to hydroxycholorquine?


I'm curious if this medication Plaquenil aka Hydroxychloroquine has helped anyone?

I'm not tolerating prednisone at all. Took prednisone about 8 months of 5-10 mg when the side effects hit, by constant all over body cramps.
Weaning off the prednisone brought to light that I apparently have PMR. Already diagnosed with CREST scleroderma. 2 mg I was extremely fatigued and in pain. 1 mg was worse. Cramps nearly gone at that time. Couldn't take the fatigue and pain. Back up to 5 mg. Back to cramps again. Let me add I am on magnesium and potassium daily with hopes it was relieve cramps.

My Rheumatologist wants to put me on Hydroxychloroquine to replace prednisone. I've never had a normal sed rate in nearly 2 yrs. Always 55-105.

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