Uloric (febuxostat) is a medication that helps prevent attacks of gout.
Uloric reduces the body's production of uric acid by inhibiting an enzyme called xanthine oxidase. Buildups of excess uric acid can lead to gout and kidney stones.
Uloric belongs to a class of medications called xanthine oxidase inhibitors.
Uloric is available in 40, 80, and 120 mg tablets. Only the 80 mg dose is available in Canada.
The usual dose for Uloric is one tablet (either a 40mg or 80mg dose) taken daily.
It takes time for Uloric to work, and it can sometimes cause gout to flare when a patient starts on it. It is important for patients to understand that this is common, and to continue taking the medication as prescribed by their doctor. Over time, Uloric will work to reduce the frequency of flares.
If gout flares while taking Uloric, patients should see their doctor so that it can be treated with a different medicine.
Important Tests and Risks
Watch Canadian rheumatologist Dr. Andy Thompson introduce Uloric in this short video:
Watch Canadian rheumatologist Dr. Angèle Turcotte introduce Uloric in this short video: