Things to remember after use of Hydroxychloroquine - $65

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Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial used in the treatment and prophylaxis of malaria. Additionally, it is also a DMARD or Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs that indirectly treat rheumatoid conditions by slowing down the disease progression. Since the pandemic, it has come to the limelight for being effective in treating cases of the Sars-Covid virus.
Hydroxychloroquine is advised in a recommended dose of 1-2 tablets per day in adults and elderly patients and in doses of one tablet in children in weight-controlled doses for treatment of conditions like malaria, juvenile arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus Erythematosus, and certain skin conditions strictly on the advice of the physician in charge of your case.
Even after following the precautionary measures before use of Hydroxychloroquine, there are certain things to take care of after you start using it to stay on the safe side. Mentioned below are some of the post-use precautions.
Things to remember after the use of Hydroxychloroquine
After using Hydroxychloroquine
Store the tablets in an airtight container and secure the lid tightly
Store them in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight
Ensure that it does not come within the reach of children or pets
Avoid storing the medication in areas like glove compartments of vehicles or in storage containers in bathrooms
While using the medication, if you observe symptoms like the occurrence of rashes, shortness of breath, or abnormal behavior, stop using the medication and get urgent help immediately
The use of the medication can lead to muscle problems and nerve issues. Check with your medical practitioner if you experience any of the symptoms
Long-term use of the medication is bone marrow depression, anemia, thrombocytopenia, and agranulocytosis. If you are using the medication on a long term basis it is important to get blood - counts on a regular basis to rule out the risk factors.
Blurring of vision, and color vision changes with retina changes are other side-effects associated with long-term use of Hydroxychloroquine. Because of this medical practitioners advise periodic retinal evaluation with color vision evaluation to ensure that you are on the safe side
Antibiotics especially macrolides use while actively taking Hydroxychloroquine can increase the risk of heart problems and thus should be avoided for the safety of the patient
Hydroxychloroquine doses are provided on the basis of the weight of the patient. Inform your medical practitioner if you undergo drastic weight changes during its use so its dose can be adjusted accordingly
In case you miss a dose of the medication, use it in the stipulated time period following the day of the missed dose. Do not overdose on the medication to make up for the missed dose.
Drowsiness, increased thirst, numbness or tingling of the hands, feet, and lips with mood changes and serious blood pressure fluctuations are overdosing symptoms associated with the use of Hydroxychloroquine. Get urgent medical help on observing these symptoms as left untreated, they can be life-threatening.
Don't stop using Hydroxychloroquine if you start feeling better. Taper its dose before discontinuing it or take the advice of a medical practitioner before halting its use
When the situation arises that you need to discard the medication, don't throw it or flush it as it may prove to be a biohazard. Opt instead to have it exchanged through exchange programs for the safety of everyone.

There are certain usage restrictions. The drug should not be used by patients under certain medical conditions. In case you are not sure, ask your doctor before you start taking the medication. Don’t consume it as a hassle. It will help you keep off from its negative side effects for sure.