So far I have no more energy than when I first started and has developed neuropathy which I have just found out from Web MD that this neuropathy is one of the side effects of this med! Saying that by stopping this it would take another 6 months to build up the benefit. There are other meds that can help with what you are experiencing, and if your doctor didn't address that then I would seek out a second opinion... Please don't stop your plaquenil until you are sure it is the right thing to do and in your best interest. Can plaquenil cause edema Hydroxychloroquine sulfate rheumatoid arthritis DAILY MEDICATION USE AND YOUR UPCOMING SURGERY PLEASE take time to thoroughly read this information. It is VERY IMPORTANT for you to know what medications you are taking and to understand what to do about your medications as your surgery date approaches. PLEASE inform our nurses if any medication you take is not on the following list. Mark a calendar to help you remember. This drug is usually started 2 weeks before entering the area with malaria. Take it once weekly while in the area, and continue taking it for 4 to 8 weeks after leaving the area or as directed by your doctor. To treat malaria, follow your doctor's instructions. Find patient medical information for Plaquenil Oral on WebMD including its uses, side effects and safety, interactions, pictures, warnings and user ratings. Plaquenil is a 6-weeker as far as the benefits are concerned, but it would be more dangerous to stop if you spend a lot of time outside and if this were the summer. Or maybe another doctor if you're not comfortable w/your current one. Plaquenil before surgery Can Plaquenil Be Taken Before Or After A Surgery? - Page 5, Plaquenil Oral Uses, Side Effects, Interactions. Chloroquine clinical trials cancer Nassar and Cracchiolo noted that in general, surgery for patients with RA for the correction of foot deformity was successful.4 They also noted the frequent occurrence of complications due to the disease process itself and medications utilized to treat the disease. A Guide To Perioperative Management Of The Rheumatoid.. Plaquenil Oral Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Pictures.. Stopping Plaquenil - General Discussion - Life With Lupus. Mar 13, 2014 For example, it appears to be safe for patients on methotrexate to continue on therapy during elective orthopedic surgery. Evidence for this comes from a randomized clinical trial in which patients with rheumatoid arthritis RA were assigned to either continue on methotrexate MTX or suspend taking it for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery. No, never hear the need to ever stop Plaquenil before surgery. Nurse is just a Nurse.the Rhuematologist! You should be following advise straight from your Rhuematologist, not from a Nurse. I hope you have on the advise of the Rhuematogist re-commensensed back on the Plaquenil ! Nov 12, 2009 Plaquenil is a 6-weeker as far as the benefits are concerned, but it would be more dangerous to stop if you spend a lot of time outside and if this were the summer. If you're gonna experiment, I went off it cold turkey as it didn't hurt to do it that way, but you better get back on before the summer or you could experience a flare-up.