Hi, Just need to get some opinions because my last liver function test showed a low albumin level of 3.1. My liver enzymes were also slightly elevated. I have been on Methotrexate for many years. I have had elevated liver enzymes off and on during that time period, but this is the first time for a low albumin. My RA doctor has now sent me to a Liver Specialists. I just had a lot of blood drawn for a better liver panel, but won't know anything until next week. I am now off of methotrexate and folic acid, but still am on plaquenil and prednisone. Can anyone tell me if they have any experience with this. Thanks
Thank you for your reply. Had all my test come back and my albumin was now at 4.1. One liver test (ALK PHOS 164) was still a little high. others were in the normal range. This is after abourt 1 week of being off Methotrexate. Other tests done were my iron levels.
Ferritin 47.5 Iron total 15 (low) Iron binding capacity 304 % TRF saturation 5 (low)
Please I need to find out if anyone who has taken plaquenil has experienced back and hip pain. I started in Oct of 2011 taking 200 mg of plaquenil once a day. In April of 2012 I started taking 400 mg 2 x's a day. I did start to notice that I was having pain when I tried to sleep at night. Mostly in my arms hands and ankles. Then I started to notice that I was having pain in my back and left hip as the day wore on and especially after taking the plaquenil in the evening. I am also taking methotrexate, which I have been on for years and prednisone which I also have been on for years. Any help anyone can give me would be appreciated. Thanks. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus.