I have been taking Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for about 10 months. Since August I’ve had some strange infections. First I got shingles. Then I started with a bacterial vaginosis. I discontinued the Plaquenil for about a week when I was diagnosed with shingles and I thought it may have helped it not be so bad.
The bacterial vaginosis just won’t go away. I use metro gel and it’s goes away then i get a yeast infection and then that goes away and then the infection comes back. My obgyn started me on a few different estrogen vaginal creams but they make it worse. Just last week I started DHEA (taken vaginally) to try and see if that might help. So far I still have the infection and now are spotting. I also had a stomach upset with diarrhea yesterday so didn’t take any Plaquenil.
I’m just wondering if anyone else has these symptons and how you’ve dealt with them and what your Dr. says. I left a message for the obgyn and will call my Rhumatologist today to get his opinion. I haven’t taken any oral estrogen because of my rhumatological problems and being told that oral estrogen could make it worse.
Also if there’s a better place for me to leave this message please let me know.