The pharmacist said there wont be any danger just stopping it. Has anyone gone off the plaquenil and what happened? I was put on Plaquenil for RA as I was being dx for lupus. My rhuemy wants me to stop every time I have an infection. Best of luck, Creekbank My mom said she read that plaquenil is mainly used for the discoid lupus and people with the joint pain. Right now my hips are the only thing that is really bothering me my knees are now starting to act up..... Is plaquenil considered a steroid Hydroxychloroquine routine labs Hydroxychloroquine during pregnancy Macular degeneration caused by plaquenil These medications may also prevent lupus from spreading to certain organs, such as the kidney and central nervous system your brain and spinal cord and may help to reduce flares by as much as 50%. Plaquenil and other anti-malarials are the key to controlling lupus long term, and some lupus patients may be on Plaquenil for the rest of their lives. Oral steroids – such as prednisone and prednisolone-- can be a lifesaving treatment for people with lupus. During serious lupus flares that affect organs such as the kidneys, high doses of. Prednisone a corticosteroid and methotrexate are best taken at specific times of day. “I tell people to take prednisone first thing in the morning, with something in their stomach,” says Mary Anne Dooley, MD, MPH, associate professor of rheumatology and immunology at the University of North Carolina’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center. There is no taper needed or withdrawal, but if it has been helping you, you may have increased symptoms by the time you go for your next appointment. If so, you would likely be able to get a prescription from that doctor for one month's supply to tide you over. I have only taken it once, so I am not sure what the results will be. I stopped mine and went into a life threatening flare - I would call your PCP to get a refill You may be fine or not- depends on if your illness has been lurking in the background waiting for an opportunity to launch an attack Louters, I went to see a new rheum and he took me off the Plaquenil to see what symptoms would show. I agree with poobie and would call your pcp to get a refill if possible. Stop taking plaquenil and prednisone for my lupus What is the correct way to discontinue use of plaquenil?, Lupus Medications and Treatments Chloroquine phosphate effects on fish I recently decided to stop taking Plaquenil because I was having constant chest pains even more so than I usually have due to Lupus. Since I have not taken it my chest feels so much better which is odd because chest pain is not listed as a side effect. Also I noticed that the Plaquenil I think was making me feel different but not in a good way. Had to stop taking Plaquenil -. Getting the most from your lupus medications Lupus.. Prednisone and Plaquenil question" Lupus Community.. Anti-malarial drugs may be given in combination with prednisone to reduce the amount of steroid needed to control lupus symptoms and thus to alleviate some of the side effects of the steroid. In addition, since it usually takes about 1-3 months for your anti-malarial medications to fully take effect, you may be given a steroid medication to act as a bridging medication and alleviate your symptoms during this interim. Hi. I have been taking Plaquenil, 200mgs 2x a day for about 2 years. I have not tested positive for Lupus, RA or SjS but it took over 13 years before my sister finally tested positive for Lupus & RA. You can still have Lupus/RA & not be positive. People have indicated they have taken Prednisone. Overview. Prednisone is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration FDA in the 1950s to treat inflammation associated with lupus. Prednisone may be prescribed at a low dose for maintenance, or at a high dose to control acute flare-ups.