Plaquenil 200mg Tablets 100


Drug Name: hydroxychloroquine
Our Price $18.50
PBS $27.52
Concession $5.20
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

Note: Private, PBS and our prices are available to the general public. Concession and Safety Net prices are only available to people with the appropriate concession or Safety Net cards. See Prescriptions for more details.


This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Plaquenil 200mg Tablets 100

Plaquenil 200mg Tablets 100

Product ID: 7160

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information

Consumer Medicine Information

Please read this leaflet before you start to take this medicine.

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about Plaquenil Tablets. It does not contain all the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have benefits and risks. In deciding to give you Plaquenil, your doctor has weighed the risks of taking Plaquenil against the benefits it will have for you. Keep this information with the tablets. You may wish to read it again later.

What is Plaquenil used for

Plaquenil may be used for any of the following conditions:

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of arthritis with inflammation of the joints, characterised by stiffness, swelling and pain. Plaquenil may be used for short or long-term rheumatoid arthritis treatment.

In treating rheumatoid arthritis, Plaquenil may slow down the substances which harm the joints. Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE)

SLE is a disease in which a person's normal immunity is upset. The body produces an excess of blood proteins called antibodies and these antibodies may cause problems in any organ of the body. These antibodies may end up, for example, in the skin causing a variety of skin rashes or deposit in the kidney, brain, lung and joints causing injury. Discoid Lupus Erythematous (DLE)

DLE is similar to SLE except it only affects the skin and is characterised by a scaling, red rash. Malaria (treatment and control of symptoms)

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by the presence of parasites in red blood cells. The disease is characterised by chills, fever and sweats. In malaria, Plaquenil destroys the harmful parasite which causes the illness. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Plaquenil has been prescribed for you. Plaquenil is not addictive. This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription. Before you take Plaquenil When you must not take Plaquenil

Do not take Plaquenil if you have ever had an allergic reaction to hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, or related products or any of the ingredients listed under "Product Description".

If you are uncertain whether you have had an allergic reaction to a related product ask your doctor or pharmacist.

The symptoms of an allergic reaction may include an asthma attack, facial swelling, skin rash or hay fever. Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking Plaquenil while you are pregnant.

When Plaquenil is taken for long periods of time, there is an increased risk to the unborn child. It may cause problems with brain function, hearing, balance and vision. Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking Plaquenil while you are breastfeeding.

Do not take Plaquenil if you have previously experienced changes in your eyesight when taking medicines for rheumatoid arthritis or malaria.

Plaquenil should not be used in children under 6 years.

Plaquenil should not be used in children over 6 years for long periods.

Do not take Plaquenil after the expiry date printed on the bottle.

It may have no effect at all, or worse, an entirely unexpected effect if you take it after the expiry date. Do not take Plaquenil if the bottle is damaged or shows signs of tampering.

Do not take Plaquenil to treat any other complaint unless your doctor says it is safe. Do not give this medicine to anyone else.

Before you start to take Plaquenil You must tell your doctor if:
You are allergic to quinine.
You have allergies to any ingredients listed under "Product Description" at the end of this leaflet.
You have any pre-existing eye disorders.
You have any of these medical conditions:
Chloroquine-resistant malaria
Liver or kidney problems
Stomach, brain or blood disorders
Skin diseases, in particular psoriasis which is a kind of itchy rash.
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency which is a lack of a chemical substance which causes the breakdown of sugar in the body.
Porphyria, which is a rare disease of blood pigments.

If you have not told your doctor about any of these things, tell him/her before you take any Plaquenil.

Taking Plaquenil with other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may interfere with Plaquenil. These include:
Any medicine to treat depression
Digoxin - a medicine used to treat heart disease
Medicines to treat diabetes.

These medicines may be affected by Plaquenil or affect the way Plaquenil works. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines. How to take Plaquenil Swallow tablets whole with a little water or other liquid.

It is best to take Plaquenil at meal times. The dosage will depend on why you are being treated with Plaquenil. The usual doses are: Rheumatoid arthritis


2-3 tablets daily. Your doctor may later reduce this to 1-2 tablets daily.



2-4 tablets daily. Your doctor may later reduce this to 1-2 tablets daily.

Control of Malaria Symptoms


2 tablets once a week. The tablets should be taken on exactly the same day of each week.

For example, if your first dose is taken on a Monday, then each weekly dose should be taken on a Monday. Treatment of malaria


The starting dose is 4 tablets. Take another 2 tablets six to eight hours later and two further tablets on each of the next 2 days.

Always follow the instructions given to you by your doctor.

Dosages for children are calculated according to the child's body weight.

Your doctor will work out the correct dose for you. Plaquenil should not be used in children for long periods.

Your doctor may ask you to take a different dose. You should follow the instructions on the label. If you are unsure what dose to take ask your pharmacist or doctor. If you forget to take Plaquenil

If you are being given Plaquenil for rheumatoid arthritis or SLE or DLE, do not take a double dose to make up for the dose missed. Just continue with the appropriate dose on the next day.

If you are being given Plaquenil for suppression or treatment of malaria, you should take your tablets as soon as you remember, and go back to taking it as you would normally.

If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much Plaquenil (Overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (in Australia telephone 13 11 26 and in New Zealand telephone 0800 POISON or 0800 764766), or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Plaquenil.

Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.

If you take too many tablets you may experience headaches, drowsiness, visual disturbances or fits. These symptoms may occur within 30 minutes of overdose. While you are taking Plaquenil Your doctor will need to perform the following tests during treatment with Plaquenil:

Eye Tests

Your doctor will need to perform some eye tests every few months to check that your eyesight is not changing.

In extremely rare cases, Plaquenil has been associated with blindness. This can be avoided by having regular eye tests.

It is recommended you wear sunglasses when out in the sun. Blood Reactions

Your doctor will need to perform occasional blood tests to check for any blood reactions.

Driving/Operating Machinery

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Plaquenil affects you.

Plaquenil may cause problems with the eyesight of some people. Make sure you know how you react to Plaquenil before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous with blurred vision. Side Effects Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while taking Plaquenil.

Plaquenil helps most people with rheumatoid arthritis, SLE, DLE, treatment of malaria and the control of malaria symptoms, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Some times they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:

Less serious side effects

Stomach problems such as:
Abdominal cramps

Other problems such as:
Muscle weakness
Ringing in the ears
Skin rash
Hair loss

If you already have psoriasis, you are more likely to experience skin reactions than other people when taking Plaquenil.

More serious side effects

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following:
Visual disturbances
Any hearing loss
Frequent fevers, severe chills, bruising, sore throat or mouth ulcers (these may be signs of blood reactions)

These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side effects are rare. Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.

Some people may get other side effects while taking Plaquenil. After taking Plaquenil Storage

Keep your tablets in the bottle until it is time to take them.

If you take the tablets out of the bottle they will not keep well. Keep it in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25 °C.

Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines. Do not leave Plaquenil in the car on hot days. Do not store Plaquenil or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.

Keep Plaquenil where young children cannot reach it.

Children are particularly sensitive to the unwanted effects of Plaquenil. A locked cupboard at least one and a half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines. Disposal

If your doctor tells you to stop taking the tablets, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.

Product Description What Plaquenil looks like

Plaquenil comes as white to off-white peanut shaped tablets marked "PLAQUENIL" with black ink. A bottle contains 100 tablets.


Active Ingredient

Each Plaquenil tablet contains 200 mg hydroxychloroquine sulfate.

Other ingredients
Calcium Hydrogen Phosphate
Magnesium Stearate
Opadry, White (YS-1-7443)
Carnauba Wax
Black Ink

Australian Registration Number

AUST R 50055

Plaquenil is supplied by in Australia by:
sanofi-aventis australia pty ltd
12-24 Talavera Road
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
Plaquenil is supplied in New Zealand by:
sanofi-aventis new zealand ltd
56 Cawley St
Ellerslie, Auckland,
New Zealand
Phone: (09) 580 1810

This leaflet was prepared in October 2006

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