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Hydroxychloroquine: When, Why, and How to Use it
Sunday, March 23
Mile High Ballroom 2C
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Anthony Fernandez, MD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- 1. Discuss the current scientific understanding of hydroxychloroquine's mechanism of action for treating inflammatory conditions.
- 2. Recognize diseases for which hydroxychloroquine has been shown to be an effective option, with a focus on its benefits in Lupus Erythematosus.
- 3. Apply updated recommendations concerning adequate medication dosing, monitoring practices for patients on hydroxychloroquine, and screening for potential adverse effects
Although persistent inflammatory skin disorders account for a significant percentage of clinical visits, many dermatologists are uncomfortable prescribing standard immunosuppressive medications due to patient safety concerns. Hydroxychloroquine is an immunomodulatory medication whose full potential for treating inflammatory conditions has not yet been realized. Because hydroxychloroquine is immunomodulatory as opposed to immunosuppressive, and has a more attractive side effect profile than standard immunosuppressive medications, ALL dermatologists should thoroughly understand this medication and feel comfortable prescribing it for appropriate patients. This session is designed to provide a thorough review and update concerning indications, dosing, and monitoring practices for hydroxychloroquine.