What is Allopurinol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Puricos Zyloric Progout Show all

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Allopurinol is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor that is used to prevent gouty arthritis, nephropathy (kidney damage) and kidney stones; and to treat secondary hyperuricemia (elevated blood levels of uric acid).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Gout 111 44
Gout 58 22
Kidney stones 20 16
Crohn's Disease 6 1
Hyperuricemia 6 6
Improve mobility 4 1

Show all 23 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 1
Mild 6
None 74

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Allopurinol

Side effect Patients
Atrial Fibrillation 1
Bradycardia 1
Daytime tiredness 1
Decreased urine output (oliguria) 1
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 1
Enlarged thyroid 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Allopurinol

Dosage Patients
300 mg daily 26
100 mg daily 12
200 mg daily 4
150 mg daily 2
100 mg twice daily 2
400 mg daily 1
600 mg daily 1
9,000 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Allopurinol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 13
Course of treatment ended 5
Side effects too severe 4
Did not seem to work 2
Other 2
Personal research 2
See all 24 patients who’ve stopped taking Allopurinol

Duration

Currently taking Allopurinol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Allopurinol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 72
Usually 7
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 74
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 51
Not specified 30

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Allopurinol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Febuxostat (Uloric) 1
Indomethacin (Indocin) 1
Probenecid 1

Patients stopped taking Allopurinol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Febuxostat (Uloric) 4
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 1
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13 patient evaluations for Allopurinol

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EdSikov
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EdSikov
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See EdSikov's full Allopurinol history

Jun 30, 2016 (Started Jul 16, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Gout)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
pfern
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pfern
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 60
Condition: Psoriatic Arthritis 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
Psoriatic Arthritis

See pfern's full Allopurinol history

Jun 26, 2015 (Started Aug 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Hyperuricemia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
ruby416
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ruby416
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 40y
  • Organ: Kidney
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
  1. Kidney : 8y Transplanted
I have:
Kidney Transplant

See ruby416's full Allopurinol history

Mar 4, 2015 (Started Nov 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Gout)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
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