What is Apo-Allopurinol (Allopurinol) used for?
Apo-Allopurinol (Allopurinol) is given to patients suffering from gout and certain types of kidney stones to treat their condition. It may also be given to chemotherapy patients to prevent an increase in uric acid levels. This drug works by decreasing the body's production of uric acid. An increased level of uric acid may cause kidney problems and gout.
How should I use Apo-Allopurinol (Allopurinol)?
Apo-Allopurinol (Allopurinol) comes in the form of tablets, which are taken orally, with a full glass of water. You should take this medication once daily, or as directed by your physician. You may be directed by your physician to drink 8 glasses of water per day. Patients whose daily dose exceeds 300mg may need to take smaller doses throughout the day. Therefore, it is essential to consult your physician prior to commencing treatment with this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed.
What are the side effects of Apo-Allopurinol (Allopurinol)?
Some patients taking Apo-Allopurinol (Allopurinol) may experience some side effects, such as:
Patients should remember that it is essential to consult their physician if any of these side effects worsen, or if other more serious side effects occur, such as painful urination, discolored urine, clay colored stools, yellowing of the eyes or skin, decreased frequency of urination, pain in the joints or unusual bruising.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Apo-Allopurinol (Allopurinol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.