Brand Names : Plaquenil
- Antirheumatic, disease-modifying
- Lupus erythematosus suppressant
- Polymorphous light eruption suppressant
- Porphyria cutanea tarda suppressant
Hydroxychloroquine (hye-drox-ee-KLOR-oh-kwin) belongs to the family of medicines
called antiprotozoals. Protozoa
are tiny, one-celled
animals. Some are parasites that can cause many different kinds of infections
in the body.
This medicine is used to prevent and to treat malaria and to treat some
conditions such as liver disease caused by protozoa
It is also used in the treatment of arthritis to help relieve inflammation,
swelling, stiffness, and joint pain and to help control the symptoms of lupus
erythematosus (lupus; SLE).
This medicine may be given alone or with one or more other medicines. It
may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Hydroxychloroquine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in
the following dosage form:
Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -