Brand Names : Aloprim, Zyloprim, Apo-Allopurinol, Purinol
- Antigout agent
- Antiurolithic, calcium oxalate calculi
- Antiurolithic, uric acid calculi
Allopurinol (al-oh-PURE-i-nole) is used to treat
chronic gout (gouty arthritis). This condition is caused by too much uric
acid in the blood.
This medicine works by causing less uric acid to be produced by the body.
Allopurinol will not relieve a gout attack that has already started. Also,
it does not cure gout, but it will help prevent gout attacks. However, it
works only after you have been taking it regularly for a few months. Allopurinol
will help prevent gout attacks only as long as you continue to take it.
Allopurinol is also used to prevent or treat other medical problems that
may occur if too much uric acid is present in the body. These include certain
kinds of kidney stones or other kidney problems.
Certain medicines or medical treatments can greatly increase the amount
of uric acid in the body. This can cause gout or kidney problems in some people.
Allopurinol is also used to prevent these problems, and can be given as either
a tablet or an injection if necessary
Allopurinol is available only with your doctor's prescription in the following
Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -
Generic name product may be available in the U.S.