I started on it just less than 2 weeks ago, and I'm surrounded by ill people at work and already have a bit of a cold (nothing severe). it is "milder" than a lot of the other dmards in terms of side effects and activity x It is listed as having a mild immunosuppressant effect in my book on RA, but one of the reasons for the blood tests is to check that your immune system is not being suppressed too much (eg checking your white blood cell levels), so you shouldn't be completely vulnerable. Even after several years of taking lots of drugs I've not found any difference in the number of colds etc I get, and loads of people on here are teachers etc who get a lot of exposure to colds and coughs without too much problem. Hydroxychloroquine tablets ip 200 mg Drug information about chloroquine Can hydroxychloroquine affect legs There is evidence that hydroxychloroquine may interfere with communication between cells in the immune system. This action suppresses the normally overactive immune response in lupus patients which may explain one reason Plaquenil works so well for those suffering with lupus. A recent large study of people with cardiovascular disease found that hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil does not increase the risk of infection and methotrexate increases the risk of infection only slightly. The concern with immune suppression is that the virus could replicate more freely and cause more severe or extensive disease, says Dr. Winthrop. Eat a healthy diet with foods high in fiber and super nutrient content. These foods do not stress the body's immune system. Fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods contain carbohydrates that possess high levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants. They are free of trans fat and contain low levels of saturated fats. Polly Thank you both, I thought it shouldn't be too bad and that it's pretty mild in comparison to other drugs. Always better to be well informed and I remember the consultant saying its bit a bad time of year to start on it as I've missed all the bugs round Christmas time so thought there may be a slim chance of it being suppressed. But do look after yourself, and make sure you eat well and don't get too tired as if you have a cold already you need to pamper yourself a bit more than you would have before RA. Does plaquenil suppress your immune system Antimalarial Medications RDS, Coronavirus and Arthritis What You Need to Know Arthritis. Plaquenil ra support group It is listed as having a mild immunosuppressant effect in my book on RA, but one of the reasons for the blood tests is to check that your immune system is not being suppressed too much eg checking your white blood cell levels, so you shouldn't be completely vulnerable. Hydroxychloroquine and the immune system Hi everyone.. How to Build Up Your Immune System While on Immunosuppressive.. Side Effects of Plaquenil Hydroxychloroquine, Warnings, Uses. This dosing would NOT apply to someone already taking plaquenil, because it has a very long ~ 30 days half-life, and it’s already in your system, so you just keep on keep’n on. This is not intended to be medical advice; this is just a reminder to refill whatever Rx for plaquenil you might already have. Hiya. no it isn't. It works by altering the cells but doesn't suppress your immune system. Plaq doesn't lower blood counts or make you more susceptible to infections. Now I get one nearly every single time I have intercourse. It used to not be so often. I'm wondering if maybe the Plaquenil is suppressing the immune system and that's why they're becoming more frequent. I started the lyme treatment hoping that it would help the bladder infections, but that hasn't helped yet.