Started Plaquenil yesterday

Dizzy and slightly disoriented. Just feel like it's hard getting use too this med. I know it takes 6 - 12 months to actually kick in, but it makes me feel so weird. Gonna have to read the side effects again, so I can be more wary of what to expect. All I remember was the dizziness.

I'm not gonna stop taking it, cause I know in the long run it should help me feel better. The fatigue and aches and pains. I've been thru this before, I just have to be patient.


The pain has been real bad between yesterday and today. I hate that you should take it with food. I'm trying to watch my food intake and I have no appetite, but I emotional eat and my anxieties make me want to eat. Basically, I need too work out food issues and making sure my hypoglycemia under control. I get scared it will flare up, so I eat. Even when I don't want too.

Yesterday, I had to call a friend to pick me up and help me run my errands because I couldn't walk any further. I'm hoping this will never happen again. It was an errand I felt like I could do, because I've done it before in the past. But I couldn't. It's a hard thing to swallow. I just feel like my body is falling apart. I'm crumbling and I just wonder if it will get worse.

I've got enough on my plate.

Roulette, I know there are other members here on Placquenil. If you have any questions or want support, post a discussion, and then other members can give their feedback. The blogs tend to be overlooked a bit. I hope you feel better soon!

thanks, will do.

Hello! I am new to this group… As well as to the diagnosis of secondary Sjogrens. I am on a low dose of Plaquenil and methotrexate. My liver levels were rising so they took me off of the methotrexate for now. I have been taking the Plaquenil for about two months… No side affects but no relief yet either. Hang in there! I hear it takes a while.

I am on my second attempt to take Plaquenil. I experienced all of the side effects you mention, more so on this go round.
I started back on it when I could no longer take Methotrexate, due to high liver enzymes.
These weird feelings and stomach issues subsided for me eventually…good luck and try to be patient :slight_smile:

it's getting better slowly. although the flare ups are more noticeable now, they don't last as long. dizziness is gone, but still can't do much. No appetite, but I know I need to eat. Just to make healthy choices.