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Are there any risks in taking allopurinol?

The risks associated with taking allopurinol include causing your gout attacks to get worse before they get better. Allopurinol also can interact with other medications, altering the effectiveness of both allopurinol and the other medications. Talk to your doctor about what medications you currently take, and do not take additional medications without first discussing them with your doctor. Allopurinol can make you drowsy, which may adversely affect your ability to drive a vehicle or operate machinery.

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