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Can hydroxychloroquine affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?

We suggest you discuss your medication with your doctor if you're planning to have a baby, become pregnant or are thinking of breastfeeding. 

Current guidelines state that hydroxychloroquine can be taken during pregnancy. It's often best to continue with it to prevent a flare-up of your condition as the benefits usually outweigh any possible risks.

You can also breastfeed while you're on hydroxychloroquine. Hardly any of the drug passes into the breast milk and there's no evidence it has any effect on the baby.

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