|Uloric/Adenuric||febuxostat||Brand||United Kingdom||80mg||28 Tablets||DR||$94.95||Add|
|Uloric/Adenuric||febuxostat||Brand||United Kingdom||120mg||28 Tablets||DR||$94.95||Add|
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Uloric (febuxostat) is used to treat high uric acid (a condition known as hyperuricemia) in patients who have gout. It is generally not used to lower uric acid levels in patients who do not have gout.
Uloric is a brand name used in the USA; it is also known by the brand name Adenuric in Europe.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Uloric
In treating gout Uloric is often compared to allopurinol, another widely-used gout treatment more commonly known by the brand name Zyloprim. In clinic trials and studies of real-world use, both of these medications have proven effective treatments but they also each have their pros and cons:
Note that, if switching between these medications, they have significantly different dosing guidelines. More information about treatment with Zyloprim can be found here.
What to Expect from Uloric
Uloric is administered by tablet, taken once per day with or without food as desired. Significant reduction in uric acid levels should be measurable after two weeks of treatment; if uric acid levels are not at desired levels after two weeks dosage may be increased and reevaluated after another two weeks.
It is common for patients starting Uloric (and other gout treatments) to experience gout flare-ups, which may continue for up to six months. This happens because as uric acid is reduced in the bloodstream it is mobilized from deposits in tissues, causing symptoms. In other words, it happens because the medication is working. During this time flare-up treatments like colchicine or NSAID painkillers, such as ibuprofen, may be used to manage symptoms. A doctor can recommend more powerful medications if needed.
Administration is simple:
After the initial six-months of treatment, when flare-ups may be more common, most patient find flare-ups decrease in both frequency and severity, and many patients no longer have flare-ups at all. Of course, results will be best when lifestyle changes are also made to minimize the condition.
Annual checkups are recommended to ensure the medication is still working and to check for any developing side effects.
Precautions & Side Effects
Side effects from Uloric are typically mild and often stop occurring after the first few weeks of treatment. Most common are:
Patients with other medical conditions are at greater risk of experiencing more serious side effects. Discuss risks and warning signs with a doctor before using Uloric if there is a history of:
Uloric should not be used while taking medications containing azathioprine or mercaptopurine.
The effects of Uloric on unborn or nursing babies are unclear; the medication should be avoided during pregnancy.
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