A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Plaquenil is a medicine used to treat and prevent acute attacks of malaria. Malaria is caused by parasites that infiltrate the body as a result of a mosquito bite. This disease is common in countries such as Southern Asia, Africa, and South America. It is also used to treat systemic lupus erythematosus discoid and rheumatoid arthritis. This medicine is particularly helpful for patients whose condition does not improve with other treatments.
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Take this medicine as instructed by your physician. Read the prescription label and follow the directions carefully. You can take this medicine with a glass of milk or a meal unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. If you are going to a country where malaria is common, start using this medication 2 weeks before entering to prevent malaria. Take the medicine regularly until after 8 weeks of returning.
If you are taking this medicine to treat malaria, take it for the full time prescribed by your doctor even though you may feel better before the infection has completely cleared.
The active ingredient in this drug is hydroxychloroquine sulfate.
Do not take Plaquenil 200 mg if you are allergic to Plaquenil or any of its ingredients. This medicine should not be given to children for a long period.
This medicine could cause irreversible damage to the retina of the eye if taken in higher doses or over a long period of time. If you see flashes in your vision or trouble focusing or notice swelling in your eyes, stop using this drug and contact your doctor immediately.
Some serious side effects of this drug are:
Some of the less serious side effects are: