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Hydroxychloroquine use in treating skin diseases

Antimalarials are used by dermatologists to treat various skin conditions. Since the 1950s, the 4-aminoquinolone derivative of quinine, hydroxychloroquine, has been widely used in dermatology, in preference to chloroquine. Compared with other immunosuppressant medications used to treat inflammatory skin conditions, hydroxychloroquine is considered safer with a more favourable side-effect profile. This article aims to summarise the uses and adverse effects of hydroxychloroquine and the monitoring of dermatological patients prescribed the drug.
Dermatology in practice 2013; 19(1): 4–8
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