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A 36-year-old male asked:

Taking indomethacin & colchicines for gout, 10 years. doctor recommends allopurinol. says once i start allopurinol, i have to stay on it for life & that i cant stop taking it. is this true?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Possible: But diet, weight control, and control of purines in diet may reduce gout and uric acid elevations. As med students we tested high purine diet and several got transient gout! if you do the Allopurinol sudden stoppage may be bad form!
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Indomethzcjn is very toxic to kidneys, can cause stomach ulcers and have other serious side effects. Therefore avoid it.
Jan 31, 2014
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
It is not that you can not come off Allopurinol. If you stop it your Uric acid will rise again.
Jan 31, 2014
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Provided original answer
Agree, and can be sudden and symptomatic.
Jan 31, 2014
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Often: Often required, but dose can be tapered at intervals to determine minimal dose required.
Last updated Jan 6, 2020

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