Febuxostat belongs to the class of xanthine oxidase inhibitor. It works by inhibiting the enzyme xanthine oxidase and decreases the serum uric acid levels in the body which is responsible for causing gout (very painful form of arthritis that is caused due to uric acid deposition in the form of crystals in the big toe or other joints). It shows effective treatment results in gout characterized by severe pain, tenderness in joints, and redness. However, it should only be used if you have gout symptoms due to high uric acid in the blood.
Store this medicine in a cool, dry place, away from heat.
Avoid this medication if:
You are allergic to this medicine or its contents.
Consult your doctor:
If you are pregnant, or breastfeeding.
If you have a significant medical history, such as kidney or liver diseases, heart disease, blood pressure, cataracts or glaucoma.
If your symptoms are not improving with this medication within the prescribed time.
Try to get blood uric acid levels, and liver function test checked at regular intervals while taking this medicine.
Drink lots of water. This will avoid the formation of a stone in the kidney.
Avoid driving or using any machinery that requires alertness until you are confident in performing these tasks.
This medication is recommended in the management of chronic hyperuricemia (increased concenteration of uric acid in the blood).
Minor side effects include the following:
Unexpected weight changes
Not recommended for use unless necessary. Consult your doctor before use.
Not recommended for use unless necessary. Consult doctor before use. The effects of this medicine is undetermined in lactating females.
Patients with vascular diseases and heart conditions, such as heart problems, stroke, and chest pain should use this cautiously.
Patients with respiratory problems should use this medicine cautiously.
Use only if prescribed by your doctor.
Do not use its more than the prescribed dose.
Do not use it if you are allergic to febuxostat or any other ingredients present in this medicine.
Do not use it with medications like azathioprine and theophylline.
Inform your healthcare professional of all past/present medical conditions especially if you have/had cancer, stroke, heart disease, kidney/liver disease or organ transplant
Can I stop taking this medicine if my symptoms improve?
Kindly do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor. This may make your symptoms worse
Is this medicine a painkiller?
This medicine is not a painkiller. Kindly consult your doctor so that an appropriate painkiller can be recommended for you.
What does this medicine do?
This medicine can be used to lower the amount of uric acid in the body.
Will my symptoms get worse when I take this medicine?
It is possible for your symptoms to get worse when the treatment starts. However this only lasts a few weeks, and you should continue your normal dosage even if this occurs.
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