In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02246691 ||APO-HYDROXYQUINE 200MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Hydroxychloroquine belongs to a group of medications known as anti-inflammatories and antimalarials. It is used alone or in combination with other anti-arthritic medications to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It helps to reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling in joints. It may take several weeks before the beneficial effects of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis are seen.
Hydroxychloroquine is also used to treat and prevent certain types of malaria. It may also be used for the treatment of lupus.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
Recommended doses of the medication vary according to the condition being treated.
Rheumatoid arthritis: The usual adult starting dose is 400 mg to 600 mg daily. It may take several weeks before the beneficial effects of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis are seen, and several months before maximum effects are achieved. After 5 to 10 days, the dose may be gradually increased. After a good response to treatment is seen (usually within 4 to 12 weeks), the dose is decreased to 200 mg to 400 mg daily.
Lupus: The usual starting dose for adults is 400 mg once or twice daily. This dose may be continued for several weeks or months depending on the benefits that occur. For long-term use, the dose of hydroxychloroquine is usually reduced to 200 mg to 400 mg daily.
Malaria: The recommended preventative adult dose is 400 mg on exactly the same day of each week, beginning 2 weeks before exposure and continued for 8 weeks after leaving the high-risk area. Children's doses are based on body weight and are calculated as 5 mg of hydroxychloroquine base per kilogram of body weight to a maximum dose of 400 mg.
For treatment of acute attacks of malaria, the recommended starting dose for adults is 800 mg followed by 400 mg after 6 to 8 hours. This is followed by 400 mg on each of the next 2 days for a total of 2,000 mg of hydroxychloroquine. Some doctors may decide to prescribe a single dose of 800 mg only, as this method has also been found effective in the treatment of malaria. Children's doses are based on body weight as prescribed by the doctor.
To help reduce stomach upset, hydroxychloroquine should be taken with a meal or a glass of milk.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is within 12 hours of your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep this medication out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white, capsule-shaped, biconvex, film-coated tablet, engraved "APO" on one side and "HCQ 200" on the other, contains hydroxychloroquine sulfate 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take hydroxychloroquine if you:
- are allergic to hydroxychloroquine or any ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to any of the 4-aminoquinoline compounds, such as chloroquine
- have been previously diagnosed with retinopathy of the eye
Do not give this medication to children under 6 years of age.