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Stop Taking Allopurinol
Allopurinol - if you take it regularly for gout (say years), then you have a flare up, should I stop taking it?
If you're already taking Allopurinol and you get a gout attack, as long as the acute attack is treated you don't need to stop taking allopurinol. Just don't start Allopurinol during an acute attack.
If you stop taking Allopurinol during an attack, you run the risk of getting a new attack when you restart it again. ...Read more
I started allopurinol 2 weeks ago and now have a gout attack should I stop and take colchicine or take both together?
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 can’t stop taking it. Is this true?
Rash top problem: Allopurinol is very effective in controlling the level of uric acid and we use it to help treat gout by lowering the uric acid level and help to prevent gout attacks. All medications have side effects. The Allopurinol can interact with certain drugs and can have side effects: we look at the skin, liver, kidney and other as sites to monitor. ...Read more
In most cases it is very well tolerated and controls the production of uric acid reducing the frequency of gouty attacks and eliminating urate deposits around joints called tophy.
It can however cause a severe allergic reaction to the point of causing the outer skin to peel off as in severe burn so at first sign of a rash it should be stopped. This is a rare disorder but important to know. ...Read more
Lowers uric acid!: Gouty arthritis is not only arthritis, but the potential to damage kidneys and other tissue. Lowering uric acid is the key, not only for gout, but hyperuricemia. Allopurinol is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor, which decreases the formation of uric acid. It, or the newer uloric, are the long term solutions for increased uric acid with it's consequences. ...Read more
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