Hydroxychloroquine in pregnant patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

  title={Hydroxychloroquine in pregnant patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.},
  author={Ann L. Parke and B. West},
  journal={The Journal of rheumatology},
  volume={23 10},
OBJECTIVE To determine the safety for both mother and fetus of antimalarial drugs, i.e., chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, in pregnant patients with lupus who continued antimalarial drugs throughout pregnancy. Stopping antimalarial drugs can precipitate disease flares of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which are known to be detrimental to the outcome of pregnancy in patients with SLE. Stopping antimalarial drugs during pregnancy therefore not only puts the mother's health at risk but can… CONTINUE READING