HCQS 400mg (Hydroxychloroquine sulfate)
Description of HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG)
HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG) is used to prevent or treat malaria caused by mosquito bites. HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG) is also used to treat certain auto-immune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis). It belongs to a class of medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). It can reduce skin problems in lupus and prevent swelling/pain in arthritis.
How to use HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG)
Take HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG) by mouth, usually with food to prevent stomach upset, exactly as directed by your doctor. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, dosage is also based on weight.
To prevent malaria, take HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG) by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once a week on the same day each week. Mark a calendar to help you remember. This drug is usually started 1 to 2 weeks before entering the malarious area. Continue to take it weekly while in the area and for 4 to 8 weeks after leaving the area, or as directed by your doctor. To treat malaria, follow your doctor's instructions.
For lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, take HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG) by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice daily. Your doctor may gradually increase your dose. Once you have been taking HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG) for a while and your condition has improved, your doctor may instruct you to lower your dose until you find the dose that works best with the fewest side effects.
If you are also taking a certain drug for diarrhea (kaolin) or taking antacids (such as magnesium/aluminum hydroxide), take hydroxychloroquine at least 4 hours before or after these products. These products may bind with hydroxychloroquine, preventing your body from fully absorbing it.
Use HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG) regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. If you are taking it on a daily schedule, take it at the same time(s) each day. Take HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG) exactly as prescribed. Do not stop taking it without talking with your doctor, especially if you are taking it for malaria. It is important to continue taking this for the length of time prescribed. Stopping prevention or treatment too soon may lead to infection or a return of the infection.
Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse. It may take several weeks or months to see improvement if you are taking this for lupus or arthritis. HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG) may not prevent malaria in all cases. If you experience fever or other symptoms of illness, get medical help right away (especially while in the malarious area and for 2 months after returning from the area). You may need a different medication. Avoid exposure to mosquitoes.
Side Effects of HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG)
Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dizziness, or headache may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: slow heartbeat, symptoms of heart failure (such as shortness of breath, swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain), mental/mood changes (such as anxiety, depression, rare thoughts of suicide, hallucinations), hearing changes (such as ringing in the ears, hearing loss), easy bruising/bleeding, signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, fever), signs of liver disease (such as severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine), muscle weakness, unwanted/uncontrolled movements (including tongue/face twitching), hair loss, hair/skin color changes.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Precautions of HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG)
Before taking HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG) , tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to chloroquine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG) , tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: a certain enzyme problem (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency-G6PD), vision/eye problems, hearing problems, kidney disease, liver disease, regular alcohol use/abuse, skin problems (such as psoriasis), a certain blood disorder (porphyria), seizures.
If you have diabetes, this product may affect your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of low blood sugar (see Side Effects section). Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.
Drug Interactions of HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG)
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
A product that may interact with this drug is: penicillamine.
Many drugs besides hydroxychloroquine may affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). Some examples are amiodarone, azithromycin, disopyramide, dronedarone, pimozide, quinidine, among others.
Storage of HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG)
Store at room temperature away from moisture and light. Do not store in the bathroom.
Missed Dose of HCQS 400MG (HYDROCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE 400MG)
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
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