I know I had never heard of it until my rheumatologist said that is what I have...along w/osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. My blood tests are negative for RF but my CRP test was above normal. Ai Yi Yi Plaquenil reduces inflammation in many Rheumatic disorders, the mode of action is pretty complicated though so I shan't bore you with all the details, but basically it prevents your dendritic cells (these are messengers for your immune system, if you will) from interacting with your T-Cells (a special type of white blood cell which through a convoluted and boring process, causes inflammation when an infection is found, and these basically malfunction with inflammatory disorders). So, he started me on 400 mg of Plaquenil a day and he just upped it to 600 mg a day. As I said previously, my Rheumatologist now says it is inflammatory osteoarthrits. Why am I taking Plaquenil, which does help tremedously BTW, if I don't have RA or Lupus. This "dendritic deactivation" (I made that phrase up) helps reduce your immune system being silly and inflaming your joints. Is hydroxychloroquine a time release pill Does chloroquine sulfate have sulfa in it Chloroquine and doxycycline similar drugs An “appropriate” procedure is one for which the expected health benefits greatly. exceed the expected health risks. Ideally, AUC are evidence-based, but in the absence of sufficient evidence, may be derived from a “consensus of expert opinion” and “accepted practice”. Knee joint replacement is found among people who take Rituxan, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 2 years, also take medication Enbrel, and have Systemic lupus erythematosus. ATLANTA – According to a new guideline released by the American College of Rheumatology ACR and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons AAHKS, the risk of joint infection resulting from total hip and knee replacements can be reduced with careful management of anti-rheumatic medications during the perioperative process. The guideline represents the first time rheumatologists and orthopaedic surgeons have collaborated to develop recommendations. My sister was dx'd with Inflammatory Arthritis and Plaquenil sent her into remission some years ago now. I also take meds for high bp, asthma and high cholesterol. Plaquenil and knee replacement Get Involved - Arthritis Foundation Symptoms Treatments, Will you have Knee joint replacement with Rituxan - eHealthMe What are the side effects of hydroxychloroquineHydroxychloroquine dose adjustmentHydroxychloroquine immunosuppressive DAILY MEDICATION USE AND YOUR UPCOMING SURGERY PLEASE take time to thoroughly read this information. It is VERY IMPORTANT for you to know what medications you are taking and to understand what to do about your medications as your surgery date approaches. PLEASE inform our nurses if any medication you take is not on the following list. DAILY MEDICATION USE AND YOUR UPCOMING SURGERY. Guidelines AAHKS. American College of Rheumatology/American Association of.. Ms. Adams, LCSW began the presentation by discussing the ways in which patients with lupus can best prepare and most effectively recover from joint replacement surgery. such as hip replacement or knee replacement. She pointed out the ways in which patients can prepare for, and make the most of, their visit with an orthopedic surgeon. Jun 01, 2016 If the hospital where you'll be having the knee replacement offers a joint replacement class -- take it. It will cover how to prepare before and after surgery, and what to expect while in the hospital. Knowing what to expect helped me be less anxious. It's been 16 yrs since my TKRs -- and I've had no problems. The results showed an average bone density growth of 10% in 8 months and 51% in 34 months. Not a drug. neutraceutical or bioceutical. I think Life Extension has a version too. Can get at various online companies and Amazon. I’m taking the highest dose they make. Also starting low dose hormone replacement therapy.