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ALLOPURINOL (Zyloprim) [Allo-pure-IN-ol]
How to use this medication
Allopurinol is a medication used to prevent attacks of gout. While taking this medicine it is important to have your blood tested occasionally.
It comes in 100 & 300 mg tablets. The usual dose is between 50 to 800 mg per day. Discuss your dose with your doctor.
It will take some time for the medicine to work. You may have flares of gout when starting. It is important to keep taking the medicine.
What you need to do
Allopurinol can cause severe skin rashes. This is very rare. If you develop a skin rash stop the allopurinol immediately.
Allopurinol can sometimes cause an allergic reaction. Symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, joint pain, and skin rash. This is rare. Stop allopurinol immediately.
It is important to occasionally have your blood tested while taking allopurinol. This is important to keep track of your gout and to make sure your blood counts, liver, and kidneys are ok.
Drinking alcohol can flare your gout. It is best to avoid alcohol completely.
Side effects and inportant things to know
When first started, allopurinol can increase gout flares. It is important to keep taking allopurinol. Your doctor can treat your flare of gout with different medicine.
Allopurinol has not been studied in pregnancy. Let your doctor know if you are planning to get pregnant or if you are breastfeeding.
You must not take azathioprine while taking allopurinol. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medicine.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick and want to stop
- If you are concerned about any side effects
- If you want to or have already stopped the medicine
Other Reasons to Call your Doctor:
Other important information
You can simply stop taking allopurinol. Please call your doctor if you stop the medication.