• Am I at more risk for Plaquenil damage if I’ve had cataracts in both eyes and a retinal tear in one?


    Question:

    My doctor is prescribing Plaquenil (a drug used for lupus and other autoimmune diseases) for me. Am I at more risk for retinal toxicity (damage) from the drug because I’ve had cataracts in both eyes and a retinal tear in one?


    Answer:

    Your prior eye conditions do not increase your risk for retinal toxicity. However, you still need to be monitored regularly by your ophthalmologist.


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