If you have arthritis or some of the similar conditions we ask about, you know that these are chronic problems. Research doctors want to know how people with these conditions are doing – how well treatments work on average. But you and your doctor might be more interested in how you, yourself, are doing.
This edition offers something for everyone. If you have lupus or RA, you’ll be happy to know that we have just published a paper on the safety of hydroxychloroquine, more commonly known by its trade name “Plaquenil.” Plaquenil is widely used in both of these illnesses. It’s also used to treat malaria. But there is one problem with Plaquenil. It can cause damage to the retina. In fact, it can cause blindness. But how often do these problems occur? Pretty much, doctors haven’t known.