Zydus Cadila

Composition for Zy-Q Products

Zy-Q Products are primarily used for

Rheumatoid arthritis, Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

About Zy-Q Products

Uses of Zy-Q Products

Hydroxychloroquine is used in the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Zy-Q Products side effects


Side Effects of Zy-Q are Headache, Feeling sick, Diarrhea, Mood changes, Loss of appetite, Abdominal pain.

How Zy-Q Products work

Hydroxychloroquine blocks the action of certain chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation, swelling and redness associated with certain autoimmune diseases. It suppresses the underlying disease process, rather than simply treating the disease.

Patient Concerns about Zy-Q Products

Frequently asked questions about Zy-Q Products

Frequently asked questions about Hydroxychloroquine

Q. Is Zy-Q effective against novel coronavirus infection?
Zy-Q is currently under study in various clinical trials (research studies in human beings) for the prevention of novel coronavirus infection and treatment of patients with COVID-19 (the illness caused by the novel coronavirus). This medicine has shown some activity against the novel coronavirus in laboratory studies (in vitro studies). However, further evidence is required to conclude that Zy-Q is effective against the novel coronavirus.
Q. Can Zy-Q be used for the prophylaxis of the novel coronavirus infection?
The national task force for COVID-19 (constituted by ICMR) has recommended the use of Zy-Q for prevention of novel coronavirus infection ONLY in certain high-risk populations (ie people at high risk of exposure to the virus) or emergency situations. It can be used for prophylaxis in case of asymptomatic healthcare workers involved in the care of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 and asymptomatic household contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases.
Q. Do we need to maintain a stock of Zy-Q?
No, we do not have to maintain a stock of Zy-Q. If you suspect that you have contracted the novel coronavirus infection, consult a doctor immediately and strictly follow their advice. Do not self-administer Zy-Q. Keep in mind that this medicine needs to be taken only if prescribed by a registered medical practitioner.
Q. What is the recommended dose for preventing coronavirus?
Zy-Q is only recommended for preventing coronavirus infection in certain high-risk groups or emergency situations. It should strictly be taken as per the dose, frequency, and duration prescribed by your doctor.
Q. How to take the Zy-Q?
Zy-Q comes as a tablet to be taken by mouth. It should be taken with food or a glass of milk to prevent an upset stomach and nausea. Take it as per dose and duration suggested by the doctor and finish the complete course. Zy-Q should be used regularly as advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it without talking to your doctor first. If you have also taking antacids, then take Zy-Q at least 4hours before or after these products.
Q. What to do if someone becomes symptomatic or shows symptoms of novel coronavirus while taking Zy-Q?
Any person who has been prescribed Zy-Q and develops symptoms of novel coronavirus infection (such as high fever, dry cough, tiredness, difficulty in breathing) while taking Zy-Q should immediately consult their doctor. Your doctor will advise if you need to get tested for the novel coronavirus and if you need to be isolated. Follow all the instructions from your doctor.
Q. How long does it take for Zy-Q to start working?
HCQS takes some time to show its effects. It may even take a few weeks or months before you see an improvement in your symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune diseases. However, it is important that you be patient and keep taking this medication regularly. Your doctor may prescribe some additional medications in the interim for temporary relief from the symptoms.
Q. Does Zy-Q have any effect on vision?
Yes, though uncommon, HCQS can affect vision especially if taken at higher doses or for a period of time (> 5 years). The symptoms include reading or seeing difficulties (words, letters, or parts of objects missing), sensitivity to light, blurred distant vision, and seeing light flashes or streaks. If you notice any of these symptoms, consult your doctor immediately. Your doctor may carry out various eye tests and then decide if Zy-Q needs to be discontinued. You may also be advised to get certain eye tests done periodically if you have been prescribed HCQS.
Q. Do I need to get any tests done during Zy-Q treatment?
An eye test is required before your treatment with HCQS starts and should be repeated every 12 months. Also, your doctor may advise you to get your blood counts (CBC) and liver function test (LFT) checked regularly. Your doctor may discontinue HCQS if any abnormality is detected.
Q. Is Zy-Q an opioid, a painkiller, a steroid, or an anti-inflammatory medicine? How does it work?
Zy-Q is an antimalarial medicine with anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties. It is neither a steroid nor an opioid nor a painkiller. In malaria, Zy-Q destroys the harmful parasite which causes the illness. Whereas in rheumatoid arthritis, it reduces inflammation of the joints and provides relief.
Q. Do I need to be careful with Zy-Q if I am a diabetic?
Yes, you need to be careful while using HCQS if you have diabetes. HCQS can lower your blood glucose levels to dangerous levels so much so that you may even lose consciousness(severe hypoglycemia). Keep a regular check on your blood glucose levels and if it starts to fall, contact your doctor immediately. Your doctor may alter the doses of your anti-diabetic medications as per your blood glucose levels.
Q. I am on antacids since a long time, which is necessary for me. Can I still take Zy-Q?
Yes, you can take HCQS, provided you keep a gap of at least 4 hours between HCQS and antacid. If this gap is not maintained, then the antacid may interfere with the absorption or working of HCQS. As a result, you may not experience the full benefits of HCQS.
Q. Can I take ibuprofen while taking Zy-Q?
Yes, you may take ibuprofen and HCQS together. They do not have any significant interactions and do not interfere with the working of each other.
Q. What can I expect if I stop taking Zy-Q?
If you stop taking HCQS without consulting your doctor, your illness may get worse. Therefore, do not stop taking HCQS without consulting your doctor, even if you start feeling better.

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