Side Effects of Allopurinol ? Why would you ?

I was googling the potential side effects of a common medication for Gout called Allopurinol that is prescribed by doctors. Have a read and make your own mind up !! 

I thought i'd cut and paste this info from a website called :  DRUGS.COM

Important information

Do not use allopurinol if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to allopurinol. Stop taking the medicine and call your doctor at once if you have any signs of skin rash, no matter how mild. Take each dose with a full glass of water. To reduce your risk of kidney stones forming, drink 8 to 10 full glasses of fluid every day, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

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Allopurinol can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to bleed from an injury or get sick from being around others who are ill. Your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can make your condition worse. Allopurinol may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Before taking this medicine

You should not take allopurinol if you are allergic to it.

To make sure you can safely take allopurinol, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • kidney disease;liver disease;diabetes;congestive heart failure;high blood pressure; or if you are receiving any chemotherapy.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether allopurinol will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Allopurinol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

What should I avoid?

Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.

Allopurinol may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Avoid drinking alcohol. It may worsen your condition.

Your doctor may recommend a special diet to help treat your condition. Follow your diet and medication routines very closely.

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by allopurinol. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking allopurinol:

More common

  • Ankle, knee, or great toe joint pain
  • joint stiffness or swelling
  • rash
  • rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin

Rare

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • agitation
  • ammonia-like breath odor
  • anxiety
  • bleeding gums
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • blood in the urine or stools
  • bloody nose
  • bloody or black, tarry stools
  • blue or pale skin
  • bruising
  • changes in skin color
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest pain, possibly moving to the left arm, neck, or shoulder
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools
  • cloudy urine
  • coma
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • cough or hoarseness
  • coughing up blood
  • cracks in the skin
  • dark urine
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with breathing
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • feeling faint, dizzy, or lightheaded
  • feeling of warmth or heat
  • fever
  • fever with or without chills
  • flushing or redness of the skin, especially on the face and neck
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • headache
  • hostility
  • incoherent speech
  • increased urination
  • irritability
  • itching
  • joint or muscle pain
  • large, flat, blue or purplish patches in the skin
  • lethargy
  • light-colored stools
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of heat from the body
  • lower back or side pain
  • metallic taste
  • muscle twitching
  • muscle weakness
  • nausea or vomiting
  • pain, tenderness, or swelling of the foot or leg
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin
  • rapid weight gain
  • rash
  • red, irritated eyes
  • red, swollen skin
  • redness, soreness, or itching skin
  • right upper abdominal or stomach pain and fullness
  • scaly skin
  • seizures
  • severe stomach pain
  • shortness of breath
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • sores, welting, or blisters
  • stupor
  • sweating
  • swelling of the face, ankles, hands, or lower legs
  • swollen or painful glands
  • swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin
  • thirst
  • tightness in the chest
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual weight gain or loss
  • vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  • wheezing
  • yellow eyes or skin

Some of the side effects that can occur with allopurinol may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Rare

  • Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
  • blindness
  • blue-yellow color blindness
  • blurred vision
  • body aches or pain
  • burning feeling in the chest or stomach
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
  • change in taste
  • change in vision
  • congestion
  • continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
  • decreased interest in sexual intercourse
  • decreased vision
  • difficulty with moving
  • discharge or excessive tearing
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • hair loss or thinning of the hair
  • hearing loss
  • hives or welts
  • impaired vision
  • inability to have or keep an erection
  • indigestion
  • lack or loss of strength
  • loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of memory
  • multiple swollen and inflamed skin lesions
  • muscle aching or cramping
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • muscular pain, tenderness, wasting, or weakness
  • noisy breathing
  • problems with memory
  • redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • runny nose
  • sensation of spinning
  • sensitivity to light
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • sleeplessness
  • sneezing
  • stomach upset
  • stuffy nose
  • sweating
  • swelling of the breasts or breast soreness in both females and males
  • swelling of the salivary glands
  • swelling or inflammation of the mouth
  • swollen joints
  • tearing
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • tenderness in the stomach area
  • throbbing pain
  • tightness in the chest
  • trouble getting pregnant
  • trouble with sleeping
  • trouble with swallowing
  • unable to sleep
  • unsteadiness or awkwardness
  • voice changes
  • weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • weight loss

 

Probiotic Therapy

Probiotic Therapy is commonly used in the treatment of gout.  It is also beneficial for many other ailments. Probiotics have shown to lower uric acid levels and boost your immune system.

About 30 % of all Uric Acid is expelled through the bowels.  Using Friendly Fighters and Goutcare insures a strong battle against uric acid build-up. by improving digestive function and regularity, you can facilitate intensified uric acid  excretion.