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in an acute gout attack, should allopurinol "previously prescribed" be stopped until the attack has resolved.

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
General Surgery 33 years experience
No: Unless your doctor specifically tells you to, PLEASE keep taking your Allopurinol -- its job is to try to reduce your uric acid levels so that the frequency and severity of attacks are reduced. Stopping it can actually make your acute flare worse, or allow another to follow it. Good luck!
Dr. Richard Taddeo
Podiatry 26 years experience
No: continue the med. you may have to add colchicine or a NSAID
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No: In an acute attack of gout we do not need to stop allopurinol . It is continued along with the treatment for acute attack which can be colchicine or prednisone or diclofenac.

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