I have SLE and a specific form of APLS, which causes endometriosis and ovarian cysts (both of which I've had). Could somebody please tell me what statins are and what I can expect after starting these meds? There are a couple of good drug indexes out there, which I've bookmarked and use all the time. I have a list of questions ready for him before treatment with Plaquenil begins. The most useful set of numbers may actually be the *ratio* of total cholesterol to HDL, which should not fall below 5:1. Lastly, triglycerides: less than 150 mg/dl is normal. I guess I really am a candidate for the statins, with all of those risk factors. If you can think of anything specific I should be asking, post it here and I'll add it to my list. Shari Sampy, Just thought of something else I'd read about PLAQUENIL. And to answer you question, I am not on any steroids. I'd apparently lost it or given it away, so I redid my notes, too. I'm really glad you are seeing such quick action from your nrw rheumie. from Vee Vee, My cholesterol was a tad high at 205. Maybe I could control it better with diet and exercise. I still have a bunch of questions that need answering. We watch my husband's levels---he has mild diabetes. Side effects of plaquenil and methotrexate Hydroxychloroquine for vascular disease Because high cholesterol and increased clotting are both part of the risk for heart attack, many people take both blood thinners and cholesterol-lowering medications. Statin drugs affect anticoagulants to different degrees and also vary from person to person. What is the dosage for hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil? The usual adult dose for treating malaria is 800 mg initially, followed by 400 mg 6-8 hours later and then 400 mg at 24 hours and 48 hours. The dose for malaria prevention is 400 mg every week starting 1 or 2 weeks before exposure and for 4 weeks after leaving the high risk area. Plaque forms when cholesterol lodges in the wall of the artery. To fight back, the body sends white blood cells to trap the cholesterol, which then turn into foamy cells that ooze more fat and cause more inflammation. That triggers muscle cells in the artery wall to multiply and form a cap over the area. e.g., someone with NO coronary disease but who has 2 risk factors might be prescribed a drug with an LDL level of 160, which is barely "high". NEW POINT we haven't kicked around: There are people who do all the right things (maintain proper weight, eat properly, exercise, etc.) but can't bring their cholesterol values down, no matter how hard they try. Another thing that affects cholesterol levels: long-term steroid use; moderate-to-high doses will elevate levels. With my best wishes, Vee Vee, I just wanted to thank you for all of your time and effort researching this stuff. has LOWERED the cholesterol guidelines for LDL = bad cholersterol. Hmmmmm....) I think they dropped the guidlelines by at least 30 points. *HDL* is the "good" cholesterol and, for good health, should not be below 40. Sampy, given the above, if you knew WHAT that "205" represents, this might make quite a bit more sense! I have a good friend who does all that---she's a size 2 (! High cholesterol simply runs in her family; and her mother (who had heart problems & is now deceased from Altzheimers) had very high readings also. Is it THEN that you will start taking Plaquenil & a statin, after all your other tests come back? isn't starting me on Plaquenil and statins until AFTER I see him in Sept. I read ALOT on this auto-immune stuff, but not all of it sinks in. Plaquenil cholesterol Plaquenil What You Need to Know - Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil Side Effects & Dosage for. Hydroxychloroquine sulfate 200 mg fc tabs Re Plaquenil and Statins Shari, *Maybe* the numbers that jumped out at your doctor were LDL at 114, that's above the 100 now recommended, and considerably above the 70 now seemingly being recommended for people with "risk factors"; and triglycerides at 219, that's much higher than the recommended 100. Plaquenil and Statins - HealthBoards. Can we reduce vascular plaque buildup? - Harvard Health. Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil Side Effects & Dosage for Malaria. Plaquenil hydroxychloroquine belongs to a group of medicines called quinolines. Plaquenil is used to treat or prevent malaria, a disease caused by parasites that enter the body through the bite of a mosquito. Malaria is common in areas such as Africa, South America, and Southern Asia. Eat More Fiber. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Other good sources of fiber include nuts, cereals and legumes. Including more fiber in your diet can decrease the absorption of fat and sugar in your small intestine, helping to lower the amount of triglycerides in your blood 11. The use of hydroxychloroquine HCQ in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus SLE is associated with reductions in serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol LDL-C levels. Results of a literature search conducted by an international team of researchers was published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. Random-effects pooled mean difference with corresponding 95% CIs were.