This information should not take the place of medical care and advice from your healthcare providers. Hydroxychloroquine is a medication used to prevent and treat malaria and to treat autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Plaquenil and tonsil swelling Chloroquine toxicity of retina Excessive sleepiness plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine HCQ, sold under the brand name Plaquenil among others, is a medication used for the prevention and treatment of certain types of malaria. Specifically it is used for chloroquine-sensitive malaria. Other uses include treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and porphyria cutanea tarda. It is taken by mouth. Summary. SLE is a multi-organ autoimmune disease that affects women of childbearing age. Renal involvement in the form of either active lupus nephritis LN at the time of conception, or a LN new onset or flare during pregnancy increases the risks of preterm delivery, pre-eclampsia, maternal mortality, fetal/neonatal demise, and intrauterine growth restriction. Is plaquenil safe to take during pregnancy? I've heard yes from some doctors and no from others. My rheumie says that although it has been proven safe, once he finds out that I'm pregnant he's going to take me off of it. So that REALLY confused me even more. lol. Has anyone here with lupus ever been For more information on rheumatoid arthritis or lupus in pregnancy please see the Mother To Baby fact sheet on those topics at: https://mothertobaby.org/fact-sheets/rheumatoid-arthritis/pdf or https://mothertobaby.org/fact-sheets/lupus-pregnancy/pdf/. Hydroxychloroquine is sold under several brand names, including Plaquenil®. Hydroxychloroquine and lupus pregnancy Hydroxychloroquine in Lupus Pregnancy, Obstetric Nephrology Lupus and Lupus Nephritis in Pregnancy Hydroxychloroquine plaquenilChloroquine for malaria prophylaxisPregnancy ssa hydroxychloroquineMalaria prophylaxis pregnancy chloroquine Sperber K, Hom C, Chao CP, et al. Systematic review of hydroxychloroquine use in pregnant patients with autoimmune diseases. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J 2009; 79. Koh JH, Ko HS, Kwok SK, et al. Hydroxychloroquine and pregnancy on lupus flares in Korean patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus 2015; 0. UpToDate. Pregnancy and Plaquenil - HealthBoards. Hydroxychloroquine MotherToBaby. Abstract OBJECTIVE To study maternal and fetal outcome of pregnancy in patients with lupus who were exposed to hydroxychloroquine HCQ. We conducted a randomized, controlled study to assess the need for hydroxychloroquine HCQ during lupus pregnancy and to assess safety. Twenty consecutive pregnant patients with similar characteristics were enrolled. The HCQ group included eight patients with systemic lupus erythematosus SLE and two with discoid lupus erythematosus DLE. Hydroxychloroquine Pregnancy Warnings Animal studies have revealed evidence of fetal harm. Use of chloroquine and other 4-aminoquinolines in high doses and for prolonged durations has been associated with neurological disturbances and interference with hearing, balance, and vision in the fetus.