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Febuxostat General Information
Uloric (Febuxostat) is indicated to lower uric acid levels. It is in people who are experiencing gout. A gout is a form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream. It most classically affects the joint in the base of the big toe. Increased uric acid levels have a high risk to have gout.
How does Uloric (Febuxostat) work?
Uloric (Febuxostat) achieves its therapeutic effect by decreasing serum uric acid. This drug is not expected to inhibit other enzymes involved in purine and pyrimidine synthesis. It also not expected in metabolism at therapeutic concentrations.
This medication works by decreasing the amount of uric acid that is made in the body. The effect of this medication is often done two weeks or right after starting this medication. It can take six months to become fully effective.
Why use Uloric (Febuxostat)?
Uloric (Febuxostat) belongs to the class of medications called xanthine oxidase inhibitors. It blocks the formation of uric acid in the body. This comes as a tablet for oral use. Each tablet has the strengths of 40 mg and 80 mg. The active ingredient of this drug is Febuxostat. It is a non-hygroscopic and white crystalline powder. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.
How to use Uloric (Febuxostat)?
The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response.
This drug is to be taken by mouth. You should take it with a full glass of water. It is usually taken once a day. You may take it with or without food.
To help you remember, take it at the same time every day. Use it regularly to get the most benefit from it. Do not take it often than prescribed. Take it exactly as it is prescribed by your doctor.
What are the side-effects of Uloric (Febuxostat)?
- Joint pain, swelling, or stiffness
- Skin rash
Call your doctor if these serious side effects occur:
- Liver enzyme abnormalities
- Numbness in the extremities
- Shortness of breath
Call for medical help if there are signs of an allergic reaction:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, and throat
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it. Tell also if you have any medical history or current medications/treatments.
- Do not double the prescribed dosage of this medication.
- You should not share this drug with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
- Keep this far from the reach of children.