Treating PMR with Prednisone and Hydroxychloroquine

Posted by joeblo746 @joeblo746, Aug 17 3:27pm

My doctor just added Hydroxychloroquine to my PMR treatment. He said it helps Prednisone do it's job. Seems like there are more side effects associated with it then there are with the Prednisone. Does anyone know if the Hydroxychloroquine helps. Also heard Hydroxychloroquine can take up to three months to build up enough in your system to be therapeutic.

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@joeblo746, This is from 2017 and mentions Hydroxychloroquine as a PMR treatment although I had not heard of it being used before (but hey, I have no medical background 🙃).

"Although 40% to 60% of patients with GCA have associated PMR symptoms at diagnosis … evidence is available to suggest that hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil, … Sep 27, 2017"
— Latest Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Polymyalgia Rheumatica:
https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/pain/myofascial/inflammatory-arthritis/latest-advances-diagnosis-treatment-polymyalgia-rheumatica
Although this site rates the treatments and rates it as #11 and lists effectiveness rating which doesn't look very impressive at first glance – https://www.stuffthatworks.health/polymyalgia-rheumatica/treatments/hydroxychloroquine

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