Hydroxychloroquine sulfate is an anti-malarial medicine. It is known to be effective in the treatment of malaria, lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
Hydroxychloroquine sulfate is also being currently used as an experimental medication for the treatment of COVID-19. It is being tested on adults weighing 50kg or above.
Hydroxychloroquine sulfate should be taken only on prescription as it has some side effects. Some of the key side effects of taking hydroxychloroquine sulfate are discussed below:
The recommended dosage for hydroxychloroquine sulfate for the treatment of COVID-19 is still unknown. For acute malarial attacks in adults, the dosage is 800mg, followed by 400mg thrice.
Children are recommended a dosage of 13mg/kg, going up to a maximum dosage of 800mg.
You should ensure that you take it only as per the recommended dosage. Overdosage of hydroxychloroquine sulfate can lead to other side effects that can be dangerous.
Side Effects of Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate
Hydroxychloroquine sulfate can have serious side effects.
You can be allergic to the drug which can cause hives, difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. If you take an overdose of hydroxychloroquine sulfate, it can do irreversible damage to your retina.
In case you experience eye-related disorders and difficulties in focusing through your eyes after taking hydroxychloroquine sulfate, you must immediately consult a doctor. It can also cause swelling or change in the color of your eyes.
Some of the most common side effects of taking hydroxychloroquine sulfate include- headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, skin rashes, mood swings, etc.
While these are mild side effects that are not fatal, you can experience some severe side effects too. Severe side effects of taking hydroxychloroquine sulfate may include heart diseases, heart failure, hearing loss, rapid swelling of the skin, severe hypoglycemia, mental health issues, etc.
The above-mentioned list of side effects is only indicative and not comprehensive. There can be other side effects also. You should consult a doctor without delay in case of any side effects.
Which Drugs Affect Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate
If you are on preexisting medication, then they may interfere with hydroxychloroquine sulfate. This interaction between different drugs can change the way hydroxychloroquine sulfate generally works.
It can either cause the hydroxychloroquine sulfate drug to become ineffective or even dangerous in some cases.
Common heart-related drugs, insulin and diabetes drugs, antiseizure drugs, antimalaria medication, immunosuppressant drugs, etc. can affect hydroxychloroquine sulfate.
You should disclose any preexisting medical condition and details of medication to your doctor before taking hydroxychloroquine sulfate.