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Zyloprim is an oral tablet containing a drug, with antigout and antihyperuricemic agents, called allopurinol. We carry the brand name Zyloprim and its generic alternative in 100mg, 200mg, and 300mg.
Zyloprim is a medication used to treat gout and certain types of kidney stones. These conditions are often times caused by uric acid levels being too high. Usually, this is because the kidneys don’t know how to eliminate the uric acid efficiently, which may be a result of being overweight, having diabetes, taking certain diuretics, or drinking too much alcohol. Uric acid is made naturally in the body during the breakdown of purine, which is found in foods.
Additionally, this medication may be used to treat and prevent high levels of uric acid levels in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy. Cancer chemotherapy is a cancer-killing method, but when cancer cells die, they often release uric acid, increasing the amount the uric acid in the body. Increased uric acid can lead to gout and kidney problems.
Zyloprim (allopurinol) is effective at treating gout, kidney stones, and high levels of uric acid because it is able to reduce the amount of uric acid being produced in the body.
You should only take this medication the way that you have been directed to by your doctor. It is important to follow his or her directions to achieve the full effect of the medication and to avoid adverse interactions. Directions given by your doctor can commonly be found on the prescription label. If you are unsure on how to take this medication, call your health care professionals.
Take each dose with a full glass of water; you should drink a total of 8-10 full glasses of water per day when taking Zyloprim. You may take this medication with food if it upsets your stomach.
Store at room temperature in a low risk area of moisture and heat.
Do not use Zyloprim (allopurinol)
Do not use Zyloprim if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to Zyloprim (allopurinol).
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Before starting treatment, it is important to tell your doctor if you have eever had kidney or liver disease, diabetes, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, or if you are receiving chemotherapy.
It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby if taken by a pregnant mother. Consult your doctor before using Zyloprim if you are pregnant.
It may not be safe for infants to breast feed if the mother is using Zyloprim. If you are breast feeding, discuss the risks with your doctor before using this medication.
You may find yourself having frequent gout attacks when starting this medication; your doctor may recommend taking another medication as well to help with this. Keep using all medications as directed and if symptoms do not improve within several weeks of treatment; consult your doctor.
Common side effects of Zyloprim (allopurinol) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Zyloprim (allopurinol) may include:
liver problems: loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach pain (upper right side), itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, 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.
How long will it take for this medication to treat gout?
For gout, it may take up to several weeks before this medicine will have an effect. Use this medication often to get the most effect from it.
What will my dose be based on?
Your dose will be based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
What are some examples of drugs that may interact with Zyloprim?
This is not a complete list of drugs that may interact with Zyloprim (allopurinol); blood thinners such as capecitabine or didanosine may interact with this medication.
Will this medication make me drowsy?
It (drowsiness) is a possible side effect of this medication; you should avoid drinking alcohol or smoking cannabis while using this medication because it can make this side effect much worse. Keep in mind, not everyone will experience side effects.
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