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Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat and prevent malaria in regions where malaria is still sensitive to chloroquine. Accordingly, apart from treating malaria, it can also be used to treat lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and porphyria cutanea tarda. Hydroxychloroquine works by killing malaria-causing organisms. It works by reducing the activity of the immune system to treat arthritis
What is Hydroxychloroquine
Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is available under the brand name Plaquenil among others. It is mostly used for the prevention and treatment of certain types of malaria. Specifically, it is used for chloroquine-sensitive malaria. The other applications include the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and porphyria cutanea tarda. While the exact mechanism of action is unknown, it is thought to work by suppressing the immune system. It works by preventing the action of a certain substance in the body, which can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Buy Hydroxychloroquine Australia sulfate is typically taken once or twice a day, with or without food.
For the treatment of malaria:
The ideal dose for adults is 800 mg (620 mg base) followed by 400 mg (310 mg base).This should be taken every 12 hours for a total of five days.
For the treatment of lupus:
The recommended adult dose is 400 to 600 mg daily.
For the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis:
The recommended adult dose is 400 to 600 mg daily.
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- changes in vision
- muscle weakness
Serious side effects:
- allergic reactions
- anaphylaxis or Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- toxic epidermal necrolysis
In those with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, it may cause hemolytic anemia. During pregnancy, it should be used only when needed. It appears to be relatively safe for use during breastfeeding. It is a hydroxylated derivative of chloroquine and has a similar mechanism of action.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to buy hydroxychloroquine over the counter in Australia?
You can it over the counter in Australia. The first place to check is your local pharmacy. Many pharmacies will stock this medication, and it can be purchased without a prescription. Another option is to go to a larger supermarket chain such as Woolworths or Coles. These stores usually have a pharmacy section where it can be bought over the counter. Finally, some online pharmacies sell this medication without a prescription. However, only purchase from a reputable source so that you get a legitimate product.
Best time to take hydroxychloroquine
It is most effective when taken at the start of a symptom flare, but it can also be taken as a preventative measure if you are exposed to an environment where you may contract the disease. The medication is typically taken once or twice daily, depending on your doctor’s recommendations.
Can you take hydroxychloroquine while breastfeeding?
There are some potential risks associated with taking it while breastfeeding. The most common side effects in nursing mothers are gastrointestinal upset and headaches. Rarely, more serious side effects have been reported, such as changes in heart rhythm and vision problems. Discuss with your doctor regarding all potential risks before starting any medication.
How to buy hydroxychloroquine Australia tablets at a low price?
While the price of hydroxychloroquine has been increasing, there are still options available for patients who need the medication. Generic versions of the drug are available at a lower cost, and some insurers are covering the cost of the medication for their members. Patients should check with their insurance providers to see if they offer coverage for it. Additionally, assistance programs are available from many pharmaceutical companies to enable patients with the cost of their medications.
Hydroxychloroquine and Alcohol
Various studies suggest that alcohol, along with it, may increase the risk of adverse effects. For example, according to a study, people who took medication and also consumed alcohol had a higher rate of gastrointestinal issues like nausea and vomiting than those who just took it alone. Additionally, drinking alcohol may increase the levels of hydroxychloroquine in your blood, which could potentially lead to toxicity. On the other hand, moderate consumption of alcohol (1 drink/day for women and 2 drinks/day for men) has been linked with lower rates of mortality and morbidity in people with lupus. So there may be some benefits to moderate alcohol consumption for individuals taking it for this condition specifically. Again, it is important to speak with your doctor before you consume alcohol while on Hydroxychloroquine medication.
Does hydroxychloroquine lower blood sugar?
There is some evidence that it may help to keep blood sugar levels in control with type-2 diabetes. A small study from 2009 found that hydroxychloroquine improved blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes who were taking insulin, and another small study from 2013 found that the drug helped improve blood sugar control in type II diabetes without insulin. However, larger and more well-designed studies are needed to confirm these findings.
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