Harmful Side Effects of the Medication Allopurinol used in the Treatment for Gout

allopurinol-tabletsSo you just visited the doctor for a case of the arthritis condition gout and you were prescribed a medication in tablet form Allopurinol (when the cherry juice is not enough), which is the most prescribed long term medication for the treatment of gout which you will be taking for the rest of your life.  Allopurinol is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor, it works by lowering the body’s production of uric acid and is a very strong medication.

It can take almost a month for the medicine to kick in as it slowing lowers the production of uric acid in your body.  The pain and swelling you experience in the toe joint are the uric acid crystals that have settled in there because you have too much uric acid in the blood and no where for it to go thus causing inflammation in your joints, sometimes in more places than your toe like ankle, knee, leaving you suffering from gout.

It is important that you inform your doctor of any and all side effects you may experience while taking the medication.  Below is a list of potential side effects of Allopurinol, some patients experience none while others develop many symptoms as everybody is different and treatment for gouty arthritis is still difficult to this day.

Potential side effects of the medication Allopurinol:

– Severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue)
– blood in urine or painful urination
– dark urine
– fever, chills, or sore throat
– irritation of the eyes
– joint pain (ironic huh)
– loss of appetite
– red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin
– stomach pain
– unexplained weight loss or weight gain
– unusual bruising or bleeding
– unusual muscle pain or weakness
– yellowing of the skin or eyes

More serious side effects that should be reported to your Doctor right away if you experience:

– decrease in production of urine
– blood in urine
– blood in stools
– black, tarry stool
– swelling of fingers, feet, face, stomach or legs
– lips that are sore or bleeding
– swollen and/or painful glands
– tingling sensation in the feet, arms, legs and or hands
– Lower back pain (could be kidney potential problems)
– rash with vomiting and/or diarrhea
– pain when urinating

Warning:  Allopurinol Hypersensitivity Syndrome (AHS) is a rare and a very real risk that increases with kidney impairment.

Scary to say the least, huh?  Just another reason to find more natural home remedies in the treatment for gout.  They are proven to be effective with NO side effects, look here for more information.

Hey, I am not a doctor, but have done my research on this to be as accurate as possible as I do in fact suffer from an increasingly chronic case of joint pain and arthritis which is most likely gout related.  There is a “gout cookbook” available that I found to give us helping hand, I just got it and love it as it takes the guess work out of what you can and should not eat and has plenty of easy recipes, you can find it here.  I admit it’s my own fault sometimes for not watching what I’m eating, not drinking enough water, and over exerting myself when I feel the need to exercise.  But after learning this about Allopurinol I will definitely try and avoid it and use natural treatments for my gout and take better care of myself.  Hopefully I was able to shed some light on this as there are so many contradictions when it comes to the treatment of gout.

Please leave your comments.  😉


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4 comments on “Harmful Side Effects of the Medication Allopurinol used in the Treatment for Gout

  1. A question… why have those nasty grasping pharma companies not spent $22, got the answer and used to to their advantage to make fortunes from us gout sufferers.
    Another… where in peer-reviewed journals can I find out more about your product?

    (I am genuinely interested; I know I might sound testy but frankly my right to is giving me gyp and for a non-drinking vegetarian I’m there seems little I can do)



  2. Normally, the step-down of greasy nutrients in the diet and the stopping of smoking will help the sufferer and go some way to reducing their acid complaint.

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