Allopurinol is useful medicine for the treatment of gout and definite types of kidney stones. It is also helpful and used to avoid increased uric acid levels in patients receiving cancer chemotherapy. These patients can have increased uric acid levels due to release of uric acid from the dying cancer cells. It works by reducing the amount of uric acid made by the body. Increased uric acid levels can cause gout and kidney problems. Allopurinol is approved to prevent chronic gout attacks, handle high uric acid levels caused by cancer medicines, and treat kidney stones. There is also a few of off-label uses for which your doctor may recommend allopurinol.
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This medicine must be used under the direction of your doctor. You must avoid the overdose of it. If overdose is taken by you just contact to your doctor immediately or else it may cause a serious problem for you.
This medicine can have some side effects like inflammation in the face, lips, tongue or throat, sweating, general illness and loss of appetite, chest pain and vomiting. People must consult their doctor instantly if they feel any of the side effects.
To avoid any kind of further health issues, you must talk to your doctor in detail about its dosages, benefits and side effects etc. You should not stop taking this medicine even after being well unless your doctor asked you to do it. You also don’t need to use it before doctor’s recommendations. Patients are recommended to follow the advice and commands accurately. It is general for the initial dose of allopurinol to be little and slowly increased.