Uloric

Uloric is used to treat gout. It lowers the amount of uric acid made in the body and prevents gout attacks. Uloric is usually taken along with other gout medications.

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Uloric Overview

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Uloric is a prescription medication used to prevent gout attacks. Gout is a type of arthritis in which uric acid builds up in the joints and causes sudden attacks of redness, swelling, pain, and heat in one or more joints. Uloric belongs to a group of drugs called xanthine oxidase inhibitors. It works by decreasing the amount of uric acid that is made in the body. 

Uloric comes in tablet form. It is taken once daily, with or without food.

Common side effects include nausea and joint pain.

Uloric can cause dizziness and blurred vision. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Uloric affects you.

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Uloric Cautionary Labels

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Uses of Uloric

Uloric is a prescription medication used for the chronic (long-term) management of high blood uric acid levels in patients with gout. It is used to prevent gout attacks from occuring; it cannot treat a gout attack once it begins.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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Uloric Drug Class

Uloric is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Uloric

Serious side effects have been reported with Uloric. See the "Uloric Precautions" section.

Common side effects of Uloric include:

  • nausea
  • joint pain

This is not a complete list of Uloric side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
 
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Uloric Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • azathioprine (Azasan, Imuran)
  • mercaptopurine (Purinethol)
  • theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Uniphyl, others)

This is not a complete list of Uloric drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Uloric Precautions

Serious side effects have been reproted with Uloric, including the following:

  • rash
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • slow or difficult speech
  • dizziness or faintess
  • weaknes or numbness of an arm or leg
  • changes in liver function

Gout flares may occur during initiation of Uloric therapy. Uloric does not need to be stopped; ask your doctor about how to manage the gout flares.

Uloric can cause dizziness and blurred vision. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Uloric affects you.

Do not take Uloric if you:

  • are allergic to Uloric or to any of its ingredients
  • are taking azathioprine
  • are taking mercaptopurine

Uloric Food Interactions

Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Uloric, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.

Inform MD

Before taking Uloric, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to Uloric or to any of its ingredients
  • have or have ever had chest pain
  • have had an organ tranplant
  • have or have had cancer
  • have had a stroke
  • have Lesch-Nyhan syndrome
  • have heart disease
  • have kidney disease
  • have liver disease
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Uloric and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X - are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Uloric falls into category C. In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication and had some babies born with problems. No well-controlled studies have been done in humans. Therefore, this medication may be used if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the unborn child.

Uloric and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

It is not known if Uloric crosses into human milk. Because many medications can cross into human milk and because of the possibility for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants with use of this medication, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or stop the use of this medication. Your doctor and you will decide if the benefits outweight the risk of using Uloric.

Uloric Usage

Take Uloric exactly as prescribed.

Uloric comes in oral tablet form. It is usually taken 1 time a day. It can be taken with or without food.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take 2 doses of Uloric at the same time.

Uloric Dosage

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The dose your doctor recommends may be based on the following:

  • the condition being treated
  • how you respond to this medication

The recommended dose of Uloric is 40 or 80 mg once daily.

Uloric Overdose

If you take too much Uloric, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center or seek emergency medical attention right away.

If Uloric is administered by a healthcare provider in a medical setting, it is unlikely that an overdose will occur. However, if an overdose is suspected, seek emergency medical attention.

Other Requirements

  • Store Uloric at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.