My husband has been taking Plaquenil (generic hydroxychloroquine) for almost 2 yrs., under a rheumatologist's care. He became very ill, and was diagnosed w/ viral meningial encephalitis. We were much later told that the Plaquenil had "lowered his tolerance to infection, as it is also an immuno-suppressant." In essence, the medicine allowed the viral infection to cross the barrier between his brain and blood/lungs. What helps nausea from plaquenil Aralen vs plaquenil How to test chloroquine drug Best way to take plaquenil Mefloquine and other drugs known to lower the convulsive threshold Plaquenil can lower the convulsive threshold. Co-administration of Plaquenil with other antimalarials known to lower the convulsion threshold e.g. mefloquine may increase the risk of convulsions. Ringing in your ears, mood changes, nervousness, irritability, skin rash, itching, or; hair loss. Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Plaquenil including. muscle weakness, twitching, uncontrolled movement, loss of balance or coordination, blurred vision, light sensitivity, seeing halos around lights, pale skin, easy bruising or; bleeding, Plaquenil & Calcium Absorbtion Arthritis Information. Please has anyone had problems with the body absorbing calcium whilst taking Plaquenil. I have read that magnesium stearate in the Plaquenil, evidently binds to the calcium you are taking in via food or supplement and carries it out of your body. (He was never told of that risk when he was put on the medication.) Added : What I failed to mention (above) is that he almost died in April when this happened. His/our question is as to whether he can or should EVER go back on the medication and risk exposure to further illnesses if it is true that Plaquenil or the generic for is, in fact, an immuno-suppressant and presents a serious health risk for him? Can plaquenil lower your calcium numbers Medications That Can Raise Calcium Levels in the Blood., Side Effects of Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine, Warnings, Uses Icd 10 coding for plaquenil useEffects of plaquenil on skin Summary. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is a drug that is classified as an anti-malarial drug. Plaquenil is prescribed for the treatment or prevention of malaria. It is also prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and the side effects of lupus such as hair loss, joint pain, and more. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil Side Effects & Dosage for.. Plaquenil & Calcium Absorbtion Arthritis Information. Hypercalcemia What’s Causing a Too-High Calcium Level in.. This may seem absurd, but a diet low in calcium generally contributes to hypercalcemia. If there isn’t enough in the diet, your body will trigger your bones to release calcium into the blood. It wil also tell your digestive tract to absorb more calcium and your kidneys to excrete less calcium. It is vital, therefore, that you get your normal amount of calcium. There are many non-dairy options to help you get the right amount of calcium. Lifestyle Changes to Reduce High Calcium Levels Aug 14, 2017 Plaquenil can cause serious side effects when used in high doses for chronic diseases such as RA over the long term. The New Zealand Dermatological Society recommends that to decrease the risk of retina damage, no more than 200mg of Plaquenil should be taken a day, and a dose of 400mg per day should be taken no longer than a few weeks. Basically, the immune system is a bit out of control. Plaquenil works by suppressing the immune system. Unfortunately you can't tell it to attack just the germs so you suppress all of its function to spare your healthy tissue- in your husband's case, his eyes, mouth, throat. NOTE Plaquinil and hydroxychloroquine are essentially the same drug.