When should Zyloprim be used?

Zyloprim is indicated to be used in an effort to prevent symptoms of gout. Allopurinol-the common name for Zyloprim-may also be prescribed to people who have certain kinds of kidney stones brought about by uric acid, as well as leukemia and lymphoma patients with high uric acid levels.

Zyloprim can't be taken in the middle of a gout attack. For that, a medical provider will likely suggest nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and naproxen. If those are ineffective, then a gout sufferer may take a drug called colchicine or steroids.

Once the urgent symptoms of gout are relieved, Zyloprim is the next line of defense. By taking Zyloprim, patients decrease the likelihood of future attacks. That's important, because just one outbreak alone of gout is rare. Once you experience one attack, more are sure to come in the future. For this reason, Zyloprim is believed to be a lifetime drug; once you need it, you'll probably be on it for your entire life. Patients may be inclined to discontinue taking Zyloprim because they haven't experienced additional symptoms of gout, but that's because Zyloprim has been lowering the levels of uric acid in the bloodstream.

The dosage of the Zyloprim is indicated by the severity of the gout. In order to maximize the benefits of the drug, 100 to 200 mg must be taken daily. The maximum suggested dosage is 800 mg a day. Usually, a mild case of the gout will result in a prescription of 200 to 300 mg a day, while 400 to 600 mg per day might be prescribed for someone with more severe symptoms.

Often, Zyloprim is designated to be used in conjunction with a so-called "gout diet," in which purine-rich food and alcohol are restricted. However, controlling diet alone typically is not sufficient to prevent a gout attack, so regular use of Zyloprim helps to prevent future symptoms. That doesn't mean that people on Zyloprim should eat whatever they want, though. Those who suffer from gout are also likely to suffer from obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and heart attack. For that reason, people who suffer from gout should examine their diet and exercise regimens.

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