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FEBUXOSTAT (Uloric) [Feb-UX-oh-stat]
How to use this medication
Febuxostat 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 40 & 80 mg tablets. The usual dose is one tablet (40 or 80 mg) taken once a day. Discuss your dose with your doctor. In Canada only the 80 mg dose is available.
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
Have your blood tested EVERY MONTH OR TWO AFTER YOU START THE MEDICINE. This is important to make sure febuxostat isn’t irritating your liver.
Drinking alcohol can flare your gout. It is best to avoid alcohol completely.
Side effects & important things to know
When first started, febuxostat can increase gout flares. It is important to keep taking febuxostat. Your doctor can treat your flare of gout with different medicine.
Febuxostat can rarely cause a rash. Stop the medicine and let your doctor know if you develop a rash. This is rare.
All patients with gout and those taking febuxostat should be aware of the risk of heart attack and stroke. Discuss this with your doctor.
Febuxostat 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, mercaptopurine, or theophylline while taking febuxostat. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medication.
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 febuxostat. You do not need to wean off it. Please call your doctor if you stop the medication.