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How do I take hydroxychloroquine and how long does it take to work?

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Hydroxychloroquine is taken in tablet form, with or after food.

Your doctor will advise you about the correct dose. Usually you will start on a full dose of 200–400 mg daily, and later your doctor may reduce this. When your condition is very well controlled you may be advised to take hydroxychloroquine only 2–3 times per week.

How long does hydroxychloroquine take to work?

Hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work immediately. It may be 12 weeks or longer before you notice any benefit. Because it's a long-term treatment it's important to keep taking hydroxychloroquine (Unless you have severe side-effects):

  • even if it doesn't seem to be working at first
  • even when your symptoms improve (to help keep the disease under control).

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