It is used to treat gout, high levels of uric acid in the body caused by certain cancer medications, and kidney stones
Allopurinol works by lowering the production of uric acid.
It is usually taken once or twice a day, preferably after a meal. Take Allopurinol exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor. Allopurinol must be taken for some time to be effective. It may increase the number of gout attacks during the first few months, although it wll eventually prevent attacks. Continue taking Allopurinol even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor. Take Allopurinol on a full stomach, with or immediately after food.Drink lots of water.
Skin irritation. Upset stomach or throwing up.
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. - If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. - Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. - Do not change the dose or stop this drug. - Talk with the doctor.
Alert your doctor if you are starting Allopurinol therapy for the first time and you have a sudden gout attack. - Alert your doctor if you have ever had an allergic response (such as rashes) to Allopurinol. - Alert your doctor if you have kidney disease. - Alert your doctor if you are taking azathioprine or mercaptopurine. - Do not take Allopurinol to relieve an acute attack of gout. - Allopurinol is meant for long-term control of gout. It cannot treat an acute attack.
Seek help if you have signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Inform doctor if you experience any bruising or bleeding, any rash, or if any side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse. Alert your doctor if you have pain when passing urine or notice blood in the urine.
Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here: - medicines used to treat cancer, especially azathioprine, cyclophosphamide. - - blood pressure medicines especially diuretics and ACE inhibitors. - blood-thinning medicines such as warfarin. - antibiotics, especially amoxicillin, ampicillin. - diabetes medicines especially chlorpropamide. - immunosuppressant medicines such as cyclosporine. - epilepsy medicines especially phenytoin. - mercaptopurine, azathioprine. - Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Hyperuricemia & Gout Preparations
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