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What is allopurinol and why is it prescribed?

Allopurinol is a type of drug known as a xanthine oxidase inhibitor. It reduces the amount of uric acid your body produces and so reduces the risk of attacks of gout. Read more >

How do I take allopurinol and how long does it take to work?

The usual starting dose of allopurinol is between 100 mg and 300 mg daily, which may be increased if the dose is ineffective. Your urate levels should lower within a few weeks and acute attacks of gout will usually stop during the first year of treatment.


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What are the possible risks and side-effects of allopurinol?

Side-effects of allopurinol are uncommon, but the most common are skin rashes, drowsiness or dizziness, nausea and vomiting. It can also cause an increase in gout symptoms in the first few months. Read more >

Can allopurinol affect other medicines and treatments?

You can take other drugs alongside allopurinol. However, some medicines can interact with it, so check with your doctor before starting any new medications.

Allopurinol won't affect any vaccinations you may need.

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Can I drink alcohol while I'm on allopurinol?

There's no known interaction between adalimumab and alcohol but, if you're also on methotrexate, you should drink only in moderation.

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