I have SLE and a specific form of APLS, which causes endometriosis and ovarian cysts (both of which I've had). Could somebody please tell me what statins are and what I can expect after starting these meds? There are a couple of good drug indexes out there, which I've bookmarked and use all the time. I have a list of questions ready for him before treatment with Plaquenil begins. The most useful set of numbers may actually be the *ratio* of total cholesterol to HDL, which should not fall below 5:1. Lastly, triglycerides: less than 150 mg/dl is normal. I guess I really am a candidate for the statins, with all of those risk factors. If you can think of anything specific I should be asking, post it here and I'll add it to my list. Shari Sampy, Just thought of something else I'd read about PLAQUENIL. And to answer you question, I am not on any steroids. I'd apparently lost it or given it away, so I redid my notes, too. I'm really glad you are seeing such quick action from your nrw rheumie. from Vee Vee, My cholesterol was a tad high at 205. Maybe I could control it better with diet and exercise. I still have a bunch of questions that need answering. We watch my husband's levels---he has mild diabetes. Plaquenil y alcohol Plaquenil and radiotherapy Plaquenil is the brand name for the prescription drug hydroxychloroquine. It's used to treat and prevent malaria infection, and to reduce symptoms and progression of autoimmune diseases such as. Plaquenil reduces inflammation in many Rheumatic disorders, the mode of action is pretty complicated though so I shan't bore you with all the details, but basically it prevents your dendritic cells these are messengers for your immune system, if you will from interacting with your T-Cells a special type of white blood cell which through a convoluted and boring process, causes inflammation. Hydroxychloroquine, brand name Plaquenil, is a time-tested and often-used medication that is typically a first line of defense in the treatment of autoimmune conditions such as RA and lupus. e.g., someone with NO coronary disease but who has 2 risk factors might be prescribed a drug with an LDL level of 160, which is barely "high". NEW POINT we haven't kicked around: There are people who do all the right things (maintain proper weight, eat properly, exercise, etc.) but can't bring their cholesterol values down, no matter how hard they try. Another thing that affects cholesterol levels: long-term steroid use; moderate-to-high doses will elevate levels. With my best wishes, Vee Vee, I just wanted to thank you for all of your time and effort researching this stuff. has LOWERED the cholesterol guidelines for LDL = bad cholersterol. Hmmmmm....) I think they dropped the guidlelines by at least 30 points. *HDL* is the "good" cholesterol and, for good health, should not be below 40. Sampy, given the above, if you knew WHAT that "205" represents, this might make quite a bit more sense! I have a good friend who does all that---she's a size 2 (! High cholesterol simply runs in her family; and her mother (who had heart problems & is now deceased from Altzheimers) had very high readings also. Is it THEN that you will start taking Plaquenil & a statin, after all your other tests come back? isn't starting me on Plaquenil and statins until AFTER I see him in Sept. I read ALOT on this auto-immune stuff, but not all of it sinks in. Plaquenil cholesterol Hydroxychloroquine reduces cardiovascular morbidity risk., Inflammatory Osteoarthritis And Plaquenil Why is plaquenil prescribed for lupusHydroxychloroquine and alcoholPregnancy and plaquenil HDL cholesterol levels are not typically affected. Currently, indapamide is the only thiazide diuretic that has not been shown to adversely affect lipid levels. Loop diuretics share the same pattern as thiazide diuretics; however, some of these drugs have shown a slight decrease in HDL cholesterol. A List of Medications That Increase Cholesterol Levels. Plaquenil Shortage Leaves RA, Lupus Patients in Pain and.. Plaquenil and Statins - HealthBoards. What is Plaquenil? Plaquenil has active ingredients of hydroxychloroquine sulfate. It is often used in systemic lupus erythematosus. Check the latest outcomes from 50,877 Plaquenil users, or browse all drugs. What is Lipitor? Lipitor has active ingredients of atorvastatin calcium. It is often used in high blood cholesterol. Because high cholesterol and increased clotting are both part of the risk for heart attack, many people take both blood thinners and cholesterol-lowering medications. Statin drugs affect anticoagulants to different degrees and also vary from person to person. High blood cholesterol is found among people who take Plaquenil, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 5 - 10 years, also take medication Enbrel, and have Pain.