Generic Name(s): Hydrochloroquinine
Drug Class: Antimalarial
Treats: malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus
Plaquenil is a type of medication classified as an antimalarial drug. Plaquenil is listed by the WHO as one of the most important medications needed for basic health. Plaquenil is listed among a group of drugs known as disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or DMARDS. Plaquenil is used to treat malaria caused by mosquito bites. However, it is not very effective against chloroquine-resistant malaria. Plaquenil is prescribed for treatment of autoimmune diseases. It works by interfering with the communication of cells within the immune system.
Plaquenil belongs to a drug class known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). It is used to prevent or treat malaria, a disease caused by parasites that enter your body through the bite of a mosquito.
This medication does not work against some types of malaria. Plaquenil can be used with other medications to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. This drug is used to treat autoimmune diseases when other medications have failed to treat the disease.
Plaquenil works by preventing pain and swelling in arthritis and reducing skin problems in lupus. Malaria is common in areas such as Southern Asia, Africa, and South America.