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Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate medicine is a derivative of quinolyl that has chemotherapeutic and antibiotic properties. It is used as the main active agent in medicines. It acts against erythrocytic malarial parasites such as plasmodium vivax, ovale, and malariae by stressing in food vacuoles. The agent works by inhibiting the plasmodial heme polymerase and acts through other unknown processes. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that are useful for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus erythematosus.

Class of Drugs – Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs

Molecular Formula – C18H28ClN3O5S

Molecular Weight – 434 g/mol

Working: The working of this drug is known completely in the treatment of lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis. The scientists stated that Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate affects how the immune system works, which may be a benefit in lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Uses: This medicine is indicated for the prevention of or treatment of malaria infections caused by mosquito bites. This drug does not work against certain types of malaria.  Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate is also used with other medicinal drugs in the treatment of certain auto-immune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis when other medications have not worked or cannot be used. This medicine belongs to a class of drugs known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. It can be used to reduce skin problems in lupus and prevent swelling/pain in arthritis.

Popular Brands and Dosages: Given drug is used as the active ingredient in the popular brand medicine that treats lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis. As mentioned below:

  • Plaquenil: 200 mg tablet

Consuming this medicine for a long time increases the risk of eye damage such as changes to the vision.  It can be permanent.  Follow the eye-check-ups regularly while using this drug.