I don't know if it's just me but im feeling so much worse as though all my aches and pains have been increased & I feel like I've been run over by a tractor! I'm aware that it can take 3 months before I can feel the benefits but am I supposed to be feeling worse? Also, after the 3 months, when my body has adjusted to the tablets do you still get flares whilst on these tablets or does it stop that happening? It's probably not the hydroxy making you worse, it's probably just that your flare was on a tragectory to get worse anyway and the tablets just haven't kicked in yet. Getting out of bed with the kids in the morning is such a struggle and im getting awful stomach cramps and wind which i didnt have before. Wind is normal for some, you may find it dies down..not, see the doc. before my diagnosis I was tired,aneamic,stiff etc since the plaquenil I jus flare all the time. Plaquenil not working How does plaquenil cause weight loss Answer Plaquenil, or hydroxychloroquine HCQ, is an anti-malarial medication that has been proven to be useful in the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis RA, sys- temic lupus erythematosus SLE and other inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Hi! I think Plaquenil is the cause of my extreme fatigue too. I am not anemic at this time and I get exhausted just trying to get through the day. I have also been on Plaquenil about three months. All of my arthritis swelling and pain are gone, but the fatigue will not let up! Hope things change for you. What does Plaquenil do? Plaquenil relieves pain and swelling and prevents damage to joints. How long does Plaquenil take to work? Plaquenil works very slowly. In 1 to 3 months you should start to feel better. You may continue to get better for up to 1 year. Most people who take Plaquenil also take other medicines for pain and stiffness. If you are feeling that it's still too much to handle, you can go back to the doc and there may be another treatment to compliment what you're taking or maybe you need to increase the dose... Hope you start to feel the benefits soon, fingers crossed!! I have been on Plaquenil for years but a one off prescription of Quinoric made me very ill with nausea, stomach cramps and huge pain. If things don't improve goto hour doc and qote this site . got so ill they wanted me to go on chemo based drugs but I did not want that either. now they want me on a drug they use for people who gets epileptic fits to calm down the fibrio/flare pain. Some people's flares almost stop, some reduce in severity, some in frequency or both...depends on the person. it was so bad I just came off it for several months. I hate it and now cant come off it but cannot bear the fibrio type pain it has given me. Does plaquenil make an infection worse Plaquenil Side Effects on Your Eyes and Vision, Is extreme fatigue a side effect of Plaquenil? What is hydroxychloroquine used to treat It didn't seem to make me any worse, in the slightest. However, the Plaquenil did nothing for the RA, and it is very dangerous for your eyes, so I went off. Plaquenil and Bronchospasm / Cough. DailyStrength. Lupus Medicines Hydroxychloroquine - Brigham and Women's.. Side Effects of Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine, Warnings, Uses. Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat and prevent malaria infection, and to reduce symptoms and progression of autoimmune diseases such as lupus & others. Take Plaquenil for the full prescribed length of time for malaria. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. When treating lupus or arthritis, tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 6 months of treatment. Before taking this medicine. You should not use Plaquenil if you are allergic to hydroxychloroquine. If side effects do occur, they are usually minor and last only for a short period of time. Potential side effects of anti-malarial drugs include Skin rashes and pigment change. Atabrine, specifically, can cause yellow pigmentation of skin. Sometimes Plaquenil can also deposit in the tissues of the body and cause the skin to take on a greenish.