Name: Quineprox

Uses of Quineprox

Hydroxychloroquine is a prescription medication used to prevent and treat certain types of malaria. It is also approved for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and rheumatoid arthritis.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Quineprox Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • aminoglycoside antibiotics such as
  • amiodarone (Cordarone)
  • antacids
  • medications for diabetes including insulin
  • medications for seizures
  • other antimalarials such as mefloquine
  • moxifloxacin (Avelox)
  • neostigmine
  • praziquantel (Biltricide)
  • pyridostigmine (Mestinon)
  • Rabies vaccine
  • agalsidase
  • cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune)
  • cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • digoxin (Lanoxin)

This is not a complete list of hydroxychloroquine drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.


Quineprox Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with hydroxychloroquine including the following:

  • Heart failure. Hydroxychloroquine can cause weakening of the heart muscle ,resulting in 
    heart failure.Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have some or all of the following symptoms of heart failure.
    • breathlessness
    • swelling of the legs
    • irregular heart beat
    • fatigue
    • dizziness
  • Retinal damage. Hydroxychloroquine may cause irreversible damage to the retina (the back of the eye where vision is created). You are required to have an eye exam before taking hydroxychloroquine, then a follow-up as often as needed while taking hydroxychloroquine. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have some or all of the following symptoms.
    • blurred vision
    • seeing halos around lights (especially at night)
    • seeing light flashes and streaks
    • visual field loss
    • change in eye color
    • difficulty focusing eye
    • difficulty reading (skipped words)
    • night blindness
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have some or all of the following symptoms.
    • sweating
    • shakiness
    • weakness
    • dizziness
    • fast heartbeat
  • Muscular weakness. All patients on long term therapy should be questioned and examined periodically, including the examination of skeletal muscle function and tendon reflexes, testing of knee and ankle reflexes, to detect any evidence of muscular weakness. If weakness occurs, your doctor may need to discontinue the drug.
  • Low blood counts. Your doctor will monitor your blood counts and may have to discontinue medication depending on the results.

Hydroxychloroquine can cause blurred vision and dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how hydroxychloroquine affects you.

Do not take hydroxychloroquine if you:

  • are allergic to hydroxychloroquine or to any of its ingredients 
  • pre-existing retinopathy of the eye
  • use in children below 6 years of age (200 mg tablets not adapted for weight < 35kg)

Quineprox Food Interactions

Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of hydroxychloroquine, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.


Quineprox and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Hydroxychloroquine has been detected in human breast milk. Because of the possibility for adverse reactions in nursing infants from hydroxychloroquine, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or to stop use of this medication. The importance of the drug to the mother should be considered. It is known that infants are extremely sensitive to the toxic effects of this medication.


Quineprox Usage

Take hydroxychloroquine exactly as prescribed.

Hydroxychloroquine comes in tablet form. It is taken once or twice a day, unless it is used for the prevention of malaria, in which case it is taken once a week beginning 1 to 2 weeks prior to traveling to an area where malaria is common. Take this medication with a meal or a glass of milk to prevent stomach upset.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of hydroxychloroquine at the same time.