Hydroxychloroquine and throbbing veins? - LUPUS UK

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Hydroxychloroquine and throbbing veins?


I have been on a low dose of hydroxy for a few weeks now and have noticed a lot of throbbing and pulsing veins in my arms and legs. I have experienced this before but now it's every day.

It feels like the blood is pulsing in my veins and if I look you can see the vein pulsing through my skin.

Has anyone also experienced weird chest sensations whilst on hydroxy?

Thank you so much, would love to know anyone's experiences.

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Hi. I've been on HCQ for some time; I don't know if it does any good, but I can't say I've experienced anything such as you've described. However, I do sometimes get a strange "whooshing" sensation in my head - don't know if that counts - could just be my remaining brain cell trying to come to life!


I have been on hydroxyQ for 7+ yrs and I can't say that I have ever had what you are describing. I have only had the pulsating in veins when my BP was high during relapses.....it was a symptom.Have you checked your blood pressure?

It felt like electricity running through my veins!!

The second episode wouldn't subside so I am on low dose blood pressure meds now and this symptom has stopped. So has the dredded sweating episodes😓.

Hope you find an answer.

Does not hurt to check that blood pressure though😉.

Good luck!



I’ve been on Hydroxychloroquine since December. About a month in I had chest pain, light-headedness, and sometimes whooshing in my ears. My GP ordered an echocardiogram and everything looked fine.

Soon after, all those symptoms disappeared. I hope that happens for you.

in reply to MaCoBu

Hi. Thank you that's good one know. I'm going out talk to my gp this week.

It's also making me feel very tired and a bit grim sometimes - headache and soreness. I'm getting the full spectrum of side effects it seems! Any idea whether these might subside?

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