I have had horrible trouble every time I taper prednisone and have had to go down 1mg per week or two. BTW I saw the post on hair loss and I also have significant bald patches on temples and thickening itchy scalp by them. Hugs to all the lupies tonight, Jessi Yes, if the plaquenil controls your Lupus flares, it is best to not use the prednisone. But this time I have been able to go from 15 to 12.5 for 2-3 days then down to 10mg in another 2-3 days!!!! I hope you can get off of it completely, or at least take a small maintenance dose. Plaquenil ga Hydroxychloroquine contraindications Leukopenia, which frequently occurs in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, is usually not severe i.e. white blood cell count of less than 1,000 × 10 3 per mm 3 1.0 × 10 9 per L and rarely requires treatment. Thrombocytopenia, if stable, and if the platelet count remains above 50,000 × 10 3 per mm 3. Hydroxychloroquine Pregnancy Warnings Animal studies have revealed evidence of fetal harm. Use of chloroquine and other 4-aminoquinolines in high doses and for prolonged durations has been associated with neurological disturbances and interference with hearing, balance, and vision in the fetus. Since Arava is known to cause harm to a fetus, women must take special precautions to prevent pregnancy. Methotrexate is the most commonly used DMARD. This is because it has been shown to work as. It's a good sign that your inflammation is going down. Also, I have had a rash on my chest for years and it is suddenly a lot better--alot. Take it very slow, tapering off, and if you have a reaction, severe fatigue, etc, talk to your doc, about tapering down even slower. Prednisone and plaquenil pregnancy Plaquenil vs. Prednisone Prescription Treatment for., Hydroxychloroquine Use During Pregnancy Plaquenil and mctdHydroxychloroquine rash treatmentHydroxychloroquine and lexaproDo hydroxychloroquine cause weight gainPlaquenil drug class Mar 31, 2017 Steroids are used to prevent and treat lupus flares. Prednisone is considered the safest corticosteroid to use during pregnancy because only very small amounts cross the placenta. If you took steroids to control lupus before you became pregnant, it's likely that your provider will suggest you continue, but she may reduce the dose. Medication for lupus during pregnancy BabyCenter. DMARDs for Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. Drug Safety in Pregnant & Nursing Women.. For example a medication called Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil is not associated with baby deformities, may allow you to be on a lower dose of prednisone while it wont have any effect on your fertility. Yes, if the plaquenil controls your Lupus flares, it is best to not use the prednisone. I hope you can get off of it completely, or at least take a small maintenance dose. Take it very slow. HOWEVER, that being said, RE has given me the option to take Plaquenil due to the overall circumstances of the previous pregnancy and working to keep us from having a repeat loss. I was wondering if anyone has taken Plaquenil, or known anyone who has.