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Brand name: Plaquenil

Plaquenil is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) hydroxychloroquine. On this page you will find out more about Plaquenil, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: hydroxychloroquine

Information for medicine and pack size:
Plaquenil 200 mg film-coated tablet, 100

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Rheumatoid arthritis; mild systemic and discoid lupus erythematosus; the suppression and treatment of malaria.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance white to off-white peanut shaped tablets marked "Plaquenil" on one face of the tablet in black ink.

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Dosage Form Tablet, film coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
100: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

Check if you can use your medicine whilst playing sport. Search the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) database that provides information about the prohibited status of specific medications and/or the active ingredient based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

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