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Welcome to the beta Arthritis Virtual Assistant. At the moment it can give you general information about your condition and medication, and provide you with useful exercises to help manage your arthritis.

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The Arthritis Virtual Assistant has been built to learn and improve with every use. That way, whenever you use it, you’re indirectly helping another person get the answers that they need for their arthritis.

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Arthritis Virtual Assistant

The Arthritis Virtual Assistant (AVA) allows you to ask questions and get answers about your condition and how best to manage it. It’s based on over 80 years of our research and uses artificial intelligence to decide on the best responses to give you. The AVA is currently in ‘beta’ testing which means it’s still learning and will improve as more people use it.

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

Most people on allopurinol don’t experience side-effects. However, some possible side-effects include:

  • skin rashes
  • drowsiness, dizziness or headaches
  • feeling sick (nausea) or vomiting
  • taste disturbance.

If you develop a rash you should stop the allopurinol and see your doctor straight away. If you become dizzy or drowsy while taking allopurinol, don’t drive or operate machinery, and see your doctor as soon as possible. You should also speak to your doctor if you develop any other new symptoms that concern you.

Even if side-effects occur, it may be possible to restart allopurinol using a special ‘desensitisation’ course, which involves beginning allopurinol at a very low dose and increasing the dosage gradually.

Sometimes when you start allopurinol it can actually trigger an attack of gout, as the crystals begin to dissolve. You'll probably be given an additional medicine for the first few months to reduce this risk. This will be a small dose of either a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), colchicine or steroids.

If you do have an acute attack of gout while on allopurinol, don’t stop taking it. Treat the acute attack as you would normally.

If you're unable to continue taking allopurinol because of side-effects, you may be able to take another drug instead called febuxostat, which works in a similar way to allopurinol. Otherwise your doctor may suggest a drug such as benzbromarone or sulfinpyrazone which reduce urate levels by increasing the amount of urate passed in the urine.

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