Since I have not taken it my chest feels so much better which is odd because chest pain is not listed as a side effect. Also I noticed that the Plaquenil I think was making me feel different but not in a good way. Hydroxychloroquine 200 mg tab tablet Plaquenil diarrhea nausea Hello, just thought that I would share my experience with plaquenil and I can begin by saying that it is very limited. If you have had the opportunity to investigate the medication you know that it is an anti-milarial. Since we know that milaria is an aggressive condition we can assume that plaquenil is a big deal. The drug is not for everyone. Is it the plaquenil hydroxychloroquine? Should I stop I taking it? I am on Metrotexate 30 mg a week, 2 Plaquenil hydroxychloroquine a day, 5 mg Prednisone. Recently I started a strict diet with a Natropath. I want to stop Metro. Can I? I don't believe I have lupusana0 speck ESR 28, CPK 0. Normal complem. Aug 27, 2010 Plaquenil is one of those meds you can just stop. My rheumy told me to take a months rest from it once. I asked him about 'tapering' and he said "No - just stop it - and resume after a month." Did you take yourself off Plaquenil, or did your doctor tell you to go off it? Plus I will be honest the whole eye site thing even though rare has always freaked me out. I went off of it to see if I can manage not being on it as my lupus isnt as severe as other cases but already I am feeling very fatigued and my legs feel heavy if that makes sense. I can discuss alternatives with my DR at my next appt but my DR feels as though the plaq is the best bet for my level of illness. If so are you just dealing with Lupus symptoms or did you take another med? I'm on Plaquenil, and after the first week's GI upset, I have had no problems with it. Can i just stop taking hydroxychloroquine Hydroxychloroquine Side Effects, Dosage, Uses, and More, What happens if I stop taking plaquenil. Hydroxychloroquine and live vaccinesChloroquine sigma Consumer information about the medication HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE - ORAL Plaquenil, includes side effects, drug interactions, recommended dosages, and storage information. Read more about the prescription drug HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE - ORAL. Do not stop taking it without talking with your doctor, especially if you are taking it for malaria. It is. HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE - ORAL Plaquenil side effects.. Can you just stop taking plaquenil or do you have to wean off.. What happens if I stop taking plaquenil hydroxychloroquine.. I can't believe you were told to stop taking plaquenil after only 6 months since it can take up to one YEAR to achieve full benefits! I don't know much about any sort of withdrawal but if I were you I'd start taking it again. I'd also have your thyroid checked. I'm hypothyroid and take levo along with he plaquenil. I just saw the eye doc after taking plaquenil about a year, she says there are lots of parameters concerning if and when it can cause damage-- her take on it is the higher the dose and the smaller the person and the longer they have taken it, the greater the risk. Two days without plaquenil and I feel like I have been run over by a truck I feel like I have the flu, that is how much I hurt all over. I was reading the other post on plaquenil and it really can make a difference and you don't realize it until you just stop taking it!