Based on the media reports, people are rushing across the border to buy Plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) to manage the Coronavirus and to protect themselves from infection. Because the medication can have adverse side effects that can affect your vision. Let’s go over some detail about the medication.

What is it? Plaquenil is an anti-inflammatory medication primarily used to treat malaria infections and other auto-immune conditions like Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

How Does it Work? At the cellular/molecular level, the medication disrupts cell processes to inactivate the body’s normal immune response. The reason why this medication is helpful for conditions like Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis is because, in these conditions, the body’s immune system over-acts and causes inflammation. 

Adverse Side Effects: Headaches, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite. Please be advised that when using this medication LONG TERM, damage to the macula can occur. This can cause serious vision loss due to retinal toxicity.

If you are planning to take this medication, please call us at 1 (619) 280-0664 so we can screen you before you begin taking the medication. We want to monitor the health of your eyes for any changes that might impact your vision with our in depth scanning instrumentation. Protocol when taking this medication is in depth scanning instrumentation at recommended intervals to monitor progression.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (619) 280-0664 or by email drchinnoptom@gmail.com.

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