Female | 62 years old
Complaint duration: Osteo 12 years Rheumatoid 1 year
Medications: Zomorph Naproxen Sulphasalazine Hydrochloroquine
Conditions: Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Hydroxycloroquine can give , central nervous system symptoms and may be the cause of drowsiness or hypoglycemia which in turn will make you drowsy as well.Anemia may also be a cause of the symptoms as well. Regarding the excessive sweating you should make note of the time of the day when symptoms appear and please take the temperature.
Please also note that sulfasalazine for rheumatoid arthritis is taken twice a day ( not three times a day).
I advise you to discuss the symptoms with your rheumatologist so he can advise after performing the pertinent test.
Thank you for the question.
Manuela Pedra-Nobre, MD
President, North Jersey Rheumatology Center
Excessive sweating and drowsiness are not typically associated with sulfasalazine or plaquenil. Those symptoms may be coming from the zomorph (morphine ER) however.
The most considered adverse effect is of possible damage to the eyes with long term use. This injury to the eyes is reversible, if it is detected early and the medication is stopped. All patients are hence advised to have regular eye doctor visits to check for signs of this damage.
Please speak to your rheumatologist about this and about your recent symptoms.