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lupus sucks and should i stop taking Plaqlinil?
An_249790 posted:
im new to this forum, but very exsperienced in lupus. i was finally diagnosed in 1996 after ten yrs of being sick and no answers,im just glad that it is easier to dignose. two of my daughters also have lupus,one is 43 and a teacher,and my youngest daughtest daughter who was diagnosed after the birth of her little girl five yrs ago.thankfully they havent had major issues yet. i have had many many problems and several organs have been attacked. im still fighting. thier are days i would like to give up. but i love my family and six grandchildren that i cant!!!!!right now im sick with cold cough thing,feels like flu,but its white bllod cell count ie very low so my body is not fighting infection Dr. says its ears and sinus,has anyone stopped taking there plaqlinil because of problems with infection?
lupylisa44 responded:
Hi, I am sorry that you are having such a tough time right now. Lupus does suck!!! However, Plaquenil is an anti-malarial drug and is considered a DMARD (disease modifying anti rheumatic drug) It is not really considered an immunosuppresant . It could be the lupus is causing your white count to be low on it's own and your immune system is compromised because of the disease not the drug.

The problem with stopping plaquenil is, that if you need to go back on it, it could take a long time to work. It's just like when you first start plaquenil it can take several months to start working.

Do you take any other meds like steroids (which are immunosuppressant) Maybe it's time to talk to your doctor to see if there is something he can recommend to help you get your white count up.

With love, with patience and with faith, we'll make our way.

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