Brand Names: Uloric
Generic Name: febuxostat
- What is febuxostat (Uloric)?
- What are the possible side effects of febuxostat (Uloric)?
- What is the most important information I should know about febuxostat (Uloric)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking febuxostat (Uloric)?
- How should I take febuxostat (Uloric)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Uloric)?
- What happens if I overdose (Uloric)?
- What should I avoid while taking febuxostat (Uloric)?
- What other drugs will affect febuxostat (Uloric)?
- Where can I get more information (Uloric)?
What is febuxostat (Uloric)?
Febuxostat is used to keep uric acid levels from getting to high in people with gout.
Febuxostat may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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What are the possible side effects of febuxostat (Uloric)?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning in your eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling).
Seek medical treatment if you have a serious drug reaction that can affect many parts of your body. Symptoms may include: skin rash, fever, swollen glands, flu-like symptoms, muscle aches, severe weakness, unusual bruising, or yellowing of your skin or eyes.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- heart attack symptoms--chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating;
- liver problems--stomach pain (upper right side), unusual tiredness, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- signs of a stroke--sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance.
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about febuxostat (Uloric)?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking febuxostat (Uloric)?
You should not use febuxostat if you are allergic to it, or if you also use:
- azathioprine; or
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- liver or kidney disease;
- heart disease;
- a heart attack or stroke;
- Lesch-Nyhan syndrome; or
- an organ transplant (kidney, liver, lung, heart).
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan.
It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.
How should I take febuxostat (Uloric)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
You may take febuxostat with or without food. Febuxostat may be taken with an antacid if needed.
You may have an increase in gout symptoms (flares) when you first start taking febuxostat. Your doctor may prescribe other medications for you to use during the first 6 months of treatment with febuxostat.
For best results, keep using your medications as directed. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 6 months, or if they get worse.
You will need frequent blood tests to check your liver function.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
What happens if I miss a dose (Uloric)?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose (Uloric)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking febuxostat (Uloric)?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
What other drugs will affect febuxostat (Uloric)?
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect febuxostat, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Where can I get more information (Uloric)?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about febuxostat.
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