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Uloric (Febuxostat) Dosage and Side Effects
Uloric (Febuxostat) is a prescription drug given to patients with gout to help lower the levels of uric acid. This medication is not for patients who do not have symptoms of high blood uric acid levels. Gout is caused by ongoing high levels of uric acid in the blood and is considered a type of inflammatory arthritis. It causes joints to become tender and swollen. The pain from gout comes quickly and lessens in intensity over time. It has been associated with other health conditions, such as kidney stones. It is believed that gout is more common among people who are overweight, although there are genetic factors in addition the diet. Gout flares can happen while taking Uloric (Febuxostat).
The active medicinal ingredient in Uloric is Febuxostat, which is manufactured by Takeda in Canada and A. Menarini Farmaceutica in the United Kingdom. We offer a generic option for the 40mg dosage and both a brand and generic option for the Uloric 80mg dosage.
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For more details on the Uloric medication, check our handy drug information below to learn about how to take Uloric and common side effects.
It is important to take Uloric (Febuxostat) as directed by your medical health professional. This medication may be taken with or without food, and it may also be taken with antacids. Keep to a schedule as determined by your doctor for the best treatment of your symptoms. Do not take any more than directed by your doctor. If you are experience an overdose, contact an emergency health professional or call poison control.
If you miss a dose of Uloric (Febuxostat), take it as soon as you remember unless it is close to the time you take your next dose. In this event, skip the missed dose and continue to take your next dose as scheduled. Consider setting an alarm to help remind you to take your medication and avoid the risk of a missed dose or an accidental overdose.
Side Effects of Uloric
The following list of side effects is what is most common:
- Liver problems
There have been serious warnings related to cardiovascular death that should be considered and discussed with your doctor prior to taking Uloric (Febuxostat).
Warnings and Precautions
There is a higher risk of cardiovascular death taking Uloric (Febuxostat) than patients taking allopurinol. Only take Uloric (Febuxostat) if allopurinol does not work for you.
Do not start treatment with Uloric (Febuxostat) until after your gout attack has subsided. There is a risk of causing gout to flare up when taking a medication like Uloric (Febuxostat), as it lowers your uric acid levels. Over time, however, the reduction in uric acid levels will help to decrease your gout flares. If you have questions about how this works, talk to your doctor.
There have been reports of heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related deaths while taking Uloric (Febuxostat). If you have heart problems, do not use this medication.
Some people may experience allergic reactions. These reactions include:
- Skin reddening
- Blistering of lips, eyes or mouth
- Skin peeling
- Flu-like symptoms
Do not take Uloric (Febuxostat) until you discuss the following conditions with your doctor, if they apply:
- Pregnant, breastfeeding or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed
- Heart disease
- Liver or kidney problems.
The safety of taking this medication under the age of 18 years of age is unknown. Take precaution when prescribed Uloric (Febuxostat).
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have taking Uloric (Febuxostat).
Interactions with this Medication
Avoid taking Uloric (Febuxostat) with the following medications:
To avoid additional interactions, tell your doctor or pharmacist about all of the medications you are taking.
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.