Allopurinol is prescribed to control the level of uric acid in the blood stream of cancer patients and to treat the many symptoms of gout (joint destruction, uric acid crystallization near the joints and uric acid stones).
The ideal way to use Allopurinol is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Please increase your fluid intake while you take Allopurinol.
Vitamin C must be avoided while taking Allopurinol for it increases the risk of formation of kidney stones.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Allopurinol to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Allopurinol between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Allopurinol in the bathroom.
Although there are no reported cases of a Allopurinol overdose, you must contact your doctor immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Consult your doctor before using Allopurinol if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Allopurinol if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
You must avoid taking purine rich foods (beer, wine, liver etc) in the earlier stages of treatment with Allopurinol as it can increase the chances of getting gout attacks.
Please keep in mind that Allopurinol cannot cure an acute gout attack.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Allopurinol as Allopurinol may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Allopurinol is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
You may be required to undergo certain lab tests including including uric acid levels and kidney and liver function while taking Allopurinol. These tests are prescribed to monitor the progress as well as the severity of side effects. Please do not miss any lab appointments.