After a long period of illness, I have recently been diagnosed with SLE. I've started on the Hydroxy. Any kind of steroids are out of the question as I have bi-polar (well controlled) and it's not worth the risk of any mentally-interesting side effects. I understand the hydroxy can take quite some time to help with improvements. 3 to 6 months I think. In the meantime I have co-codamol as needed. Meloxicam was so hard on my stomach my GP had prescribed 4X the usual dose of omeprazole.
Has anyone else been down the hydroxy only route? How long has it seemed to take any effect?