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Are there any alternatives?

A number of other drugs can be used to treat gout. These are all urate lowering drugs and include benzbromarone, sulfinpyrazone, probenecid and the uricase compounds. Your doctor and rheumatology nurse specialist will discuss these options with you.

Will I need any special checks while on febuxostat?

Your doctor will arrange for you to have a blood test before you start treatment to check your urate levels, kidneys and liver. To begin with you’ll need blood tests at regular intervals to check your liver and urate level, which will show whether you’re on the correct dose. Once the urate levels are low and steady, you should have a blood test every year.

Can I take other medicines alongside febuxostat?

Some drugs interact with febuxostat, so you should discuss any new medication with your doctor before starting it, and you should always tell any other doctor treating you that you’re taking febuxostat.

Do not take febuxostat if you’re on the following medication:

  • azathioprine (used to treat immune diseases)
  • mercaptopurine (used to treat cancer and immune diseases)
  • theophylline (used to treat asthma).

Febuxostat isn’t a painkiller. You can take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or painkillers alongside febuxostat, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Febuxostat tablets contain lactose, so please talk to your doctor if you’re lactose intolerant.

Remember: If you would like any further information about febuxostat or you have any concerns about your treatment, you should discuss this with your doctor, rheumatology nurse or pharmacist.

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