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What are the side effects of Zyloprim?

During the time of the ancient Greeks, people suffering from attacks of gout treated their condition with a drug extracted from the crocus lily bulb called colchicine. That drug might still be utilized to treat these attacks when nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) don't do the trick, but it has the unfortunate side effect of triggering severe diarrhea. Therefore, each time ancient people experienced that excruciating pain in their big toes or other joints, they anticipated that a round of diarrhea was soon to follow. This knowledge may help to make the side effects of Zyloprim seem a little more reasonable and manageable. After all, by taking Zyloprim, there's no real concern about suffering another round of gout.

Zyloprim is considered a safe drug with minimal side effects. Common side effects may include nausea, headache, dizziness and drowsiness. If you take Zyloprim with meals, you can reduce the chance of stomach upset.

Approximately 2 percent of patients on Zyloprim experience a serious side effect noted by the appearance of a rash. The sudden display of a rash, hives or peeling skin may signal that the individual is suffering from an allergic response to the drug. Additional serious side effects can be indicated by loss of appetite, weight loss, yellowing eyes and skin, painful urination, changes in vision or gastrointestinal distress. Patients who suffer from kidney problems and are taking a prescribed thiazide diuretic have a greater risk of suffering from serious side effects. As always, before beginning any new medication, patients should alert medical professionals as to their other medications and conditions.

If Zyloprim's side effects are severe and don't resolve over time, medical professionals have just a few other options for people with gout. Instead of lowering uric acid in the bloodstream with Zyloprim, a drug called Benemid can try increased the production of uric acid excreted by the kidneys.

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