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. Sulfasalazine plaquenil Plaquenil and teeth With Plaquenil, however, the most commonly prescribed anti-malarial, this sort of damage occurs only in 1 out of 5,000 people who take the drug for five years or more. For this reason though, it is important that you see an ophthalmologist for an exam before starting to take an anti-malarial medication for your lupus. MCT oil is a supplement made from a type of fat called medium-chain triglycerides. MCT molecules are smaller than those in most of the fats you eat long-chain triglycerides LCT. This makes them easier to digest. You can absorb MCT in your bloodstream quickly. Re Plaquenil and Statins Shari, *Maybe* the numbers that jumped out at your doctor were LDL at 114, that's above the 100 now recommended, and considerably above the 70 now seemingly being recommended for people with "risk factors"; and triglycerides at 219, that's much higher than the recommended 100. 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 Blood Thinners & Cholesterol Medications Healthfully, MCT Oil Health Benefits and Common Uses Hydroxychloroquine burning scalpPlaquenil for early raCan plaquenil cause dry eysPlaquenil eye exam protocol report form Hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil®, especially at the higher standard dose of 400 mg per day, independently decreases the risk of cardiovascular morbidity in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Hydroxychloroquine reduces cardiovascular morbidity risk.. Plaquenil and Statins - HealthBoards. Hydroxychloroquine - Side Effects, Dosage, Interactions.. If you have psoriasis, chloroquine Aralen and hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil can cause problems. Other Medicines That Might Trigger a Flare. A few other drugs to discuss with your doctor include Plaque forms when cholesterol lodges in the wall of the artery. To fight back, the body sends white blood cells to trap the cholesterol, which then turn into foamy cells that ooze more fat and cause more inflammation. That triggers muscle cells in the artery wall to multiply and form a cap over the area. Diet, regular exercise, and blood pressure and cholesterol control all help reduce the risk. For those with diabetes, it’s important to closely monitor blood sugar. Also, consider talking to your doctor about starting an aspirin regimen or taking hydroxychloroquine Plaquenil®, which has been shown to be cardioprotective by lowering total cholesterol and blood glucose levels.