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 necessary. Your urate levels should lower within a few weeks and acute attacks of gout will usually stop during the first year of treatment. Read more
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, but some may interact with it so check with your doctor before starting any new medications. Read more
Can I drink alcohol while I'm on allopurinol?
There's no known interaction between allopurinol and alcohol. However, it's advisable to limit your alcohol consumption as it can increase the risk of gout attacks. Read more
Can allopurinol affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Allopurinol 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