I have SLE and a specific form of APLS, which causes endometriosis and ovarian cysts (both of which I've had). Could somebody please tell me what statins are and what I can expect after starting these meds? There are a couple of good drug indexes out there, which I've bookmarked and use all the time. I have a list of questions ready for him before treatment with Plaquenil begins. The most useful set of numbers may actually be the *ratio* of total cholesterol to HDL, which should not fall below 5:1. Lastly, triglycerides: less than 150 mg/dl is normal. I guess I really am a candidate for the statins, with all of those risk factors. If you can think of anything specific I should be asking, post it here and I'll add it to my list. Shari Sampy, Just thought of something else I'd read about PLAQUENIL. And to answer you question, I am not on any steroids. I'd apparently lost it or given it away, so I redid my notes, too. I'm really glad you are seeing such quick action from your nrw rheumie. from Vee Vee, My cholesterol was a tad high at 205. Maybe I could control it better with diet and exercise. I still have a bunch of questions that need answering. We watch my husband's levels---he has mild diabetes. How do you spell plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine interactions in dental treatment Plaquenil is the brand name for the prescription drug hydroxychloroquine. It's used to treat and prevent malaria infection, and to reduce symptoms and progression of autoimmune diseases such as. Plaque forms when cholesterol lodges in the wall of the artery. To fight back, the body sends white blood cells to trap the cholesterol, which then turn into foamy cells that ooze more fat and cause more inflammation. That triggers muscle cells in the artery wall to multiply and form a cap over the area. Here are 10 things to keep in mind when using Plaquenil Take it on a regular schedule, meaning at the same time each day. Take Plaquenil EXACTLY as prescribed by your physician. Do not stop taking the medication without first speaking to your doctor. Taking Hydroxychloroquine with food and/or milk can help prevent stomach upset. e.g., someone with NO coronary disease but who has 2 risk factors might be prescribed a drug with an LDL level of 160, which is barely "high". NEW POINT we haven't kicked around: There are people who do all the right things (maintain proper weight, eat properly, exercise, etc.) but can't bring their cholesterol values down, no matter how hard they try. Another thing that affects cholesterol levels: long-term steroid use; moderate-to-high doses will elevate levels. With my best wishes, Vee Vee, I just wanted to thank you for all of your time and effort researching this stuff. has LOWERED the cholesterol guidelines for LDL = bad cholersterol. Hmmmmm....) I think they dropped the guidlelines by at least 30 points. *HDL* is the "good" cholesterol and, for good health, should not be below 40. Sampy, given the above, if you knew WHAT that "205" represents, this might make quite a bit more sense! I have a good friend who does all that---she's a size 2 (! High cholesterol simply runs in her family; and her mother (who had heart problems & is now deceased from Altzheimers) had very high readings also. Is it THEN that you will start taking Plaquenil & a statin, after all your other tests come back? isn't starting me on Plaquenil and statins until AFTER I see him in Sept. I read ALOT on this auto-immune stuff, but not all of it sinks in. Plaquenil cholesterol Hydroxychloroquine - Side Effects, Dosage, Interactions., Can we reduce vascular plaque buildup? - Harvard Health Photodegradation of chloroquine phosphateHydroxychloroquine inrPlaquenil 250Prednisone and plaquenil pregnancy Dec 17, 2003 Some studies have pointed toward traditional risk factors -- high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes -- as the cause of early heart disease and stroke, worsened or provoked by steroids used to treat lupus, writes Roman. Lupus Patients Risk Early Heart Disease. Plaquenil What You Need to Know - Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus. Side Effects of Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine, Warnings, Uses. The use of hydroxychloroquine HCQ in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus SLE is associated with reductions in serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol LDL-C levels. Results of a literature search conducted by an international team of researchers was published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. Random-effects pooled mean difference with corresponding 95% CIs were. With Plaquenil, however, the most commonly prescribed anti-malarial, this sort of damage occurs only in 1 out of 5,000 people who take the drug for five years or more. For this reason though, it is important that you see an ophthalmologist for an exam before starting to take an anti-malarial medication for your lupus. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is a drug that is classified as an anti-malarial drug. Plaquenil is prescribed for the treatment or prevention of malaria. It is also prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and the side effects of lupus such as hair loss, joint pain, and more.