I have had RA for 10 years and have taken Plaquenil almost the whole time. Methotrexate made me sick so I couldnt take it. I also take Prednisone 5-10 mg every day. It is a mean drug but when you gotta have it, you gotta have it. I also give myself a weekly injection of Humira. In the beginning, I was a young active nurse working 12-16 hrs a day. Unfortunately, now I am on disability because the RA and fibromyalgia had taken a toll on my body. The fatigue and pain is almost daily now. Not trying to discouraged you. I am researching constantly for a cure or help. Just ordered some cobra venom gel to rub on painful areas. Believe me, I've tried everything! I am also researching Honey Bee venom. I have been told injected in the joint can relieve the pain. Just make sure you are taking plenty of calcium with the prednisone because it does pull calcium out of bones. I take 50,000units of Vit. D weekly and 1500mg calcium every day. You have to take Vit D w Calcium otherwise it is no good. No side effects from the Plaquenil. So good luck and God Bless You. Hang in there! Im looking for a local support group now...its nice to talk to someone who is experiencing the same thing.View Thread
Oh my, that is what I am waiting to start because I had heard it had changed so many peoples lives. That it had turned people around. I cant stay infection free to get on it. I've always got bronchitis, kidney infection, now they are waiting for my year since my knee replacement to be up.View Thread
I have had RA for 10 years and have been on Plaquenil pretty much the whole time. Methotrexate did not work for me and made me very nauseous. I also take 5-10 mg prednisone and an injection of Humira every week. I have had no side effects from the Plaquenil. Prednisone is a mean drug however, I can tell you this as a nurse too but I have to take it. I have pain everyday I wake up and have learned to adjust to lifes many changes. Just make sure you are taking plenty of calcium supplements on the prednisone because it does pull calcium out of the bones. Good Luck and God Bless You.View Thread
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