HCQ 200 MG TAB
- Medicine Overview
HCQ 200MG TABLET:
HCQ 200 (Hydroxychloroquine sulfate) is a 4-aminoquinoline mainly used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic and discoid lupus erythematosus. Hydroxychloroquine sulfate is considered a disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) because it not only can decrease the pain and swelling of arthritis but may also prevent joint damage and reduce the risk of long-term disability.
HCQ 200 (Hydroxychloroquine sulfate) is indicated for the treatment of:
- Active rheumatoid arthritis (including juvenile idiopathic arthritis).
- Systemic and discoid lupus erythematosus.
- Dermatological conditions caused or aggravated by sunlight.
The side-effects of hydroxychloroquine includes gastro-intestinal disturbances, headache and skin reactions (rashes, pruritus); those occurring less frequently include convulsions, visual changes, keratopathy, ototoxicity, hair depigmentation, hair loss and discoloration of skin, nails, and mucous membranes.
- The drug should be used with caution in neurological disorders
- In the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, if objective improvement does not occur within six months, the drug should be discontinued.
- Use of hydroxychloroquine in patients with psoriasis may precipitate a severe attack of psoriasis.
- Periodic blood cell counts should be made if patients are given prolonged therapy.
- Hydroxychloroquine may exacerbate psoriasis and aggravate myasthenia gravis.
WHEN NO TO USE:
Hydroxychloroquine is contraindicated in:
- Patients with known hypersensitivity to 4-aminoquinoline compounds.
- Patients with pre-existing maculopathy of the eye.
- Long-term therapy in children.
- Children under 6 years of age.
- Hydroxychloroquine possibly inhibits effect of alfa and beta agalsidase and also laronidase.
- Increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias when hydroxychloroquine given in combinations avoid its concomitant use.
- In case of lanthanum it should be given at least 2 hours apart.
- Hydroxychloroquine increases plasma concentration of cyclosporine and digoxin.
- Metabolism of hydroxychloroquine inhibited by Cimetidine.
- Hydroxychloroquine have potential to increase symptoms of myasthenia gravis and thus diminish effects of neostigmine and pyridostigmine.
A suitable initial dose of HCQ 200 tablet is 400mg to 600mg (2 or 3 tablets) daily, preferably taken at meal times. Four to twelve weeks therapy is required before the effect of treatment can be evaluated.
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