Uloric is an oral tablet consisting of an antihyperuricemic drug called febuxostat. We carry this medication in both the brand choice and generic alternative in 80mg and 120mg!
Uloric is used to help maintain the uric acid levels from rising too high in people with gout. Gout is a condition (a form of arthritis) that is caused by uric acid building up inside the joints; uric acid is made when purines (found in foods and medicines) are broken down by the body. Most uric acid is removed from our body through urine, but when not enough of it empties out, crystals begin to form inside your joints and cause the joints become swollen and painful.
Uloric (febuxostat) is effective at treating uric acid levels because it is able to reduce the amount of uric acid being produced by the body so a build up is less likely to occur, therefore eliminating any possible associated symptoms.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Uloric (febuxostat) exactly how to take this medication. Follow his or her directions, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget.
You may take this medication with or without food and may be taken with an antacid if needed. Keep using your medication the way it has been prescribed to achieve the best results. Store this medication at room temperature in an area that is low risk for moisture, heat, and light.
Do not use Uloric (febuxostat)
This product should not be used by those who are allergic to febuxostat, azathioprine, or mercaptopurine.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
To make sure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had heart problems, a heart attack or stroke, liver or kidney disease, cancer, Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, or an organ transplant
Speak to you doctor about the benefits and risks of this drug before starting treatment; your risk for serious or fatal heart problems may be increased while using this medication.
It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby; if you are pregnant, speak to your doctor before taking this medication.
It may or may not be safe to breast feed while using this medication; if you are breastfeeding; speak to your doctor before taking this medication.
Do not stop taking this medication without first consulting your doctor. Stopping this medication suddenly may cause your condition to worsen.
Common side effects of Uloric (febuxostat) may include:
· gout flares, joint pain;
· mild rash; or
· abnormal liver function tests.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Uloric (febuxostat) may include:a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out.
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
heart attack symptoms - chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, fast heartbeats, shortness of breath;
liver problems - stomach pain (upper right side), unusual tiredness, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
stroke - sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance.
Why is Uloric so expensive?
Uloric is part of Medicare’s Tier 2 of their formulary. And being part of Tier 2 means that this medication is a “non-preferred generic”. Meaning it may still be a bit expensive. However, you may find a more affordable option on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $170.00 for 100 pills.
What is Uloric used for?
This medication is generally used to lower uric acid levels in people diagnosed with gout. When taken it works by reducing the amount of uric acid that is made by the body, since an increased uric acid level is what can create gout in the first place. Keep in mind that because of the risk of very serious heart-related problems and stroke with febuxostat, this medication should only be used after treatment with a medication called allopurinol, and that is if it failed to lower your uric acid levels. This medication comes in two different strengths which are 80mg and 120mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.
When will Uloric be generic?
A generic for Uloric had already been approved for medical use in Feburary 2019. It goes by the name Febuxostat.