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.

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