Almost 7 months since my last gout attack. Still ocassionally drink the baking soda. I also take 3oo mg. Of allopurinol a day. Scared to stop taking it. How will the allopurinol affect me in the long run? I started doing both at the same time. I have been gout free since. I notice other people on this board who just took the allopurinol still suffered attacks. Also I eat and drink whatever the hell I like. Red meat and shellfish included. Drink beer too! Thanks
I am very glad to learn you have been free of gout (and. G.E.R.D , too?). Allopurinol is meant to be taken for life. But you may be able to reduce the dosage after your blood ua level has been maintained below 6 mg/dl. Keep a good record of your ua levels over time. When it drops below 6 mg/dl, talk to your doctor about reducing the dosage. I don't recall reading about the long term side effect of allopurinol. For more info on allopurinol see:
o/uspdi/202021.Html . Happy new year.
It's always good to know the side effects to any
medication you are taking.
what are the possible side effects of allopurinol?
â¢ if you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking allopurinol and seek emergency medical attention:
Â· an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
Â· blood in your urine or pain when you urinate;
Â· a rash;
Â· eye irritation;
Â· fever, chills, or joint aches; or
Â· severe nausea or vomiting.
â¢ other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take allopurinol and talk to your doctor if you experience
Â· upset stomach or diarrhea;
Â· headache, dizziness, or drowsiness; or
Â· an acute attack of gouty arthritis.
â¢ side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any reaction that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.