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What are the possible risks and side-effects of hydroxychloroquine?

Side-effects aren't common. However, in some people hydroxychloroquine can cause:

  • skin rashes, especially those made worse by sunlight
  • feeling sick (nausea) or indigestion
  • diarrhoea
  • headaches
  • bleaching of the hair or mild hair loss
  • tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • visual problems.

There is a small risk that hydroxychloroquine can damage your retina (part of the eye), and this increases with long-term use and higher dosage.

Your doctor will advise you on a safe dose to take according to your weight, and you will need to have regular monitoring of your eyes.

This monitoring of your eyes may be arranged at a hospital clinic when you start the drug and then again once a year in a hospital when you have been taking the drug for more than five years.

Otherwise, you should have a check up with an optician once a year and tell them that you're taking hydroxychloroquine.

You should report any new eye symptoms to your doctor straight away.

If you develop any other new symptoms or there's anything else that concerns you after starting hydroxychloroquine, you should tell your doctor or rheumatology nurse specialist as soon as possible.

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