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ALLOPURINOL

ALLOPURINOL (al-oh-PURE-i-nole)

Other Names for this Medication (Brand Names)

7HP, Adenock, Ailural, Allo-Puren, Allohexal, Allopur, Allozym, Allural, Aloprim, Aloral, Alositol, Aluline, Anoprolin, Anzief, Apo-Allopurinol, Apulonga, Apurin, Apurol, Atisuril, Bleminol, Bloxanth, Caplenal, Cellidrin, Cosuric, Dabrosin, Dabroson, Dura Al, Embarin, Epidropal, Epuric, Foligan, Geapur, Gichtex, Gotax, HPP, Hamarin, Hexanuret, Ketanrift, Ketobun-A, Ledopur, Lopurin, Lysuron, Milurit, Miniplanor, Monarch, Nektrohan, Progout, Purinol, Remid, Riball, Sigapurol, Suspendol, Takanarumin, Urbol, Uricemil, Uriprim, Uripurinol, Uritas, Urobenyl, Urolit, Urosin, Urtias, Urtias 100, Xanturat, Zyloprim, Zyloric

Appearance

Oral Tablets – Round tablet containing 100mg (white), 200mg (peach) and 300mg (orange) allopurinol.

Why this Medication is Used

Cancer chemotherapy drugs or radiation therapy are given to kill cancer cells in the body. One of the waste products of the dead cancer cells is uric acid. If uric acid builds up in the body, it can cause kidney damage or joint pain (called gout). Allopurinol helps to prevent the build up of uric acid.

How do you take this Medication

Oral Tablets: It is important to take your medicine regularly as ordered by your doctor.

Precautions

• To help reduce stomach upset, it is best to take this drug after meals.

• Drink at least 8 full glasses of liquids each day unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

• It is best to avoid or limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Alcohol may increase the amount of uric acid in the body.

• Check with your doctor or nurse before you take Vitamin C supplements.

• Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney disease.

• Allopurinol can interact with other medications (e.g. warfarin, azathioprine, mercaptopurine and others). Tell your doctor or pharmacist about ALL medications you are taking before starting on this medication.

• Store this medicine in a cool dry place. Keep out of the reach of children.

For more information on this medication, please call your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

SIDE EFFECTS PREVENTION WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
MORE COMMON:
• Skin rash, hives, itching.

Diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting.

• Take medication with food. • Stop taking the drug and phone your doctor or nurse as soon as possible.

• Eat frequent small meals.

• Eat bland, non-gassy foods.

• If stomach pain and/or nausea and vomiting continue longer than 24-48 hours check with your doctor.

LESS COMMON:
Sleepiness • Maintain regular bedtime hours. • Rest. Don’t drive a car or operate machinery if you are sleepy. Sleepiness may lessen as your body adjusts to the medicine.
RARE:
• Flu-like symptoms including chills, fever, joint pain, sore throat, nausea and vomiting especially if they occur together with a skin rash. • Stop taking the drug and seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY. These effects may be the first sign of a serious reaction to allopurinol.

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