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What is allopurinol? What is it for and what does it do?

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Dr. Jason Kline
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: Uric acid.

Allopurinol inhibits a body enzyme catalyzing the final step in manufacturing uric acid.
Build up of too much uric acid can lead to gout & kidney stones. Treatment of leukemias and lymphomas can also cause too much uric acid to be made, sometimes resulting in kidney damage. Allopurinol is commonly used to prevent these disorders.

In brief: Uric acid.

Allopurinol inhibits a body enzyme catalyzing the final step in manufacturing uric acid.
Build up of too much uric acid can lead to gout & kidney stones. Treatment of leukemias and lymphomas can also cause too much uric acid to be made, sometimes resulting in kidney damage. Allopurinol is commonly used to prevent these disorders.
Dr. Jason Kline
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