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HI everyone , I was diagnosed with cutaneous lupus 8 years ago . Had symtoms of malar rash, joint pain especially in hands, fatigue , dry eyes and dry skin . Had a biopsy of skin and confirmed cutaneous lupus. My SSA was high and ANA positive . I was put on Plaquenil and for the past 8 years I have been fine with it . All of my symtoms pretty much cleared up . Now this year I have been having things pop up that are related to a low immune system. Some of my doctors think It is the Plaquenil causing it but then some say that Plaquenil is not an immunosuppressant drug that for some reason my immune system is out of wack . I only take 200 mg a day. I tried to only take 100 mg to see if it would make a difference but I started with terrible joint pain and fatigue so I am back on the 200 mg a day. Does anybody have any input concerning taking Plaquenil for long term therapy ? I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you .
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