So far I have no more energy than when I first started and has developed neuropathy which I have just found out from Web MD that this neuropathy is one of the side effects of this med! Saying that by stopping this it would take another 6 months to build up the benefit. There are other meds that can help with what you are experiencing, and if your doctor didn't address that then I would seek out a second opinion... Please don't stop your plaquenil until you are sure it is the right thing to do and in your best interest. Aralen malaria doses Plaquenil visual field I love plaquenil. I would marry it if it was legal to do so. Took me 'bout nine months or so before I noticed it doing anything. Mostly I find it helps for fatigue rather than joint pain for me anywho. This time round I've been on it for almost 2 years and wouldn't give it up. I normally post on the arthritis board, and due to toxicity of the Plaquenil after 2 years, I have had to discontinue it, since I failed the visual field testing. Although I take Enbrel, and MTX, neither one work as well as the Plaquenil and the fatigue and joint pain have returned full force. May 07, 2012 Plaquenil is used in the treatment of sarcoidosis but its main use is in the treatment of malaria. One of the side effects of taking the drug is that it affects eye sight, and eye tests, especially field of vision tests need to be done every six months. For the four years that I took the drug. Plaquenil is a 6-weeker as far as the benefits are concerned, but it would be more dangerous to stop if you spend a lot of time outside and if this were the summer. Or maybe another doctor if you're not comfortable w/your current one. Joint pain after stopping plaquenil What is the correct way to discontinue use of plaquenil?, Discontinued Plaquenil.other options? Does hydroxychloroquine affect menstrual cyclePlaquenil contre indicationsHydroxychloroquine and herb combinationIs chloroquine still used to treat malariaHalf life of hydroxychloroquine sulfate Find patient medical information for Plaquenil Oral on WebMD including its uses, side effects and safety, interactions, pictures, warnings and user ratings. Plaquenil Oral Uses, Side Effects, Interactions.. Plaquenil Withdrawal – Life As An Anomaly. Will you have Joint pain with Plaquenil - eHealthMe. After 1 1/2 yrs of my Rheumatologist after me to take the Plaquenil, I'm finally doing it. I have an eye doctors appointment this week and I'll take my first pill after the check up. I am so very scared of it. Thanks to luppylupus Thank you for explaining what the Plaquenil does and how it does it. You mentioned that you didn't have the joint issues and didn't know why you were taking Plaquenil? Well, so you DON'T have the aches later. Plaquenil slows the progression of the disease. Go ahead and call the Rhuemy now, or just wait until Monday, if you have had this for a few weeks anyway. Do you still have joint and muscle pain on plaquenil? I've been on plaquenil for 6 months now and I still have significant joint pain! I can't say that the drug has helped at all, but it is difficult to compare todays pain with that of 6 months ago.