What is hydroxychloroquine and why is it prescribed?
Hydroxychloroquine is a type of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). It regulates the activity of the immune system, which may be overactive in some conditions. Read more
How do I take hydroxychloroquine and how long does it take to work?
Hydroxychloroquine is usually given as 200–400 mg tablets daily to begin with. The dose may be reduced after a few months. It may be 12 weeks or longer before you notice any benefit. Read more
What are the possible risks and side-effects of hydroxychloroquine?
Side-effects of hydroxychloroquine are uncommon, but some people may experience skin rashes, indigestion, diarrhoea, headaches and visual problems. Read more
Can hydroxychloroquine affect other medicines and treatments?
Hydroxychloroquine is often used alongside other disease-modifying drugs but some medicines can interact with it, including indigestion remedies. Hydroxychloroquine doesn't affect vaccinations Read more
Can I drink alcohol while I'm on hydroxychloroquine?
You can drink alcohol while on hydroxychloroquine, but keep within recommended limits if you're also on methotrexate. Read more
Can hydroxychloroquine affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Current guidelines state that hydroxychloroquine can be used if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Read more