What is febuxostat and why is it prescribed?
Febuxostat reduces the production of uric acid in the body and so reduces the risk of an attack of gout. Read more
How do I take febuxostat and how long does it take to work?
Febuxostat is given as tablets, which should be taken with water. The usual starting dose is 80 mg daily, which is increased to 120 mg daily if your urate level isn't reducing sufficiently. Read more
What are the possible risks and side-effects of febuxostat?
Side-effects of febuxostat are uncommon but can include diarrhoea, headaches, skin rashes and feeling sick. It can sometimes cause abnormal liver test results. Read more
Can febuxostat affect other medicines and treatments?
You can take other drugs alongside febuxostat. However, some medicines can interact with it, so check with your doctor before starting any new medications. Febuxostat won't affect any vaccinations you may need. Read more
Can I drink alcohol while I'm on febuxostat?
There's no significant interaction between febuxostat and alcohol. However, it's advisable to limit your alcohol consumption as it can increase the risk of gout attacks. Read more
Can febuxostat affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Febuxostat isn't recommended if you're pregnant or breastfeeding as we don't yet know what effects it might have on the baby. Read more