Can I Stop Taking Allopurinol?

Can I Stop Taking Allopurinol?

For the latest information about stopping allopurinol, see Is Allopurinol A Lifetime Drug? in the allopurinol pages. Also view Allopurinol for Gout video for the wrong way to stop uric acid treatment. You will find related information in the gout medications pages within the Gout Treatment Help Section. Somebody asked me the other day, "Can I stop taking allopurinol?" The short answer is, "Maybe." Not very useful, so read on for the long answer. First of all understand how allopurinol works. continue reading Withdrawing from Allopurinol...
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Does Medical Marijuana Help With Gout?

Does Medical Marijuana Help With Gout?

In tidying the old forums, I repeat the following question in it's entirety: Hello Everyone I hope this subject isn't that taboo on the forums, if the admin deems this as an unfit thread for this forums then please remove it at all costs, as I come from a legal state where I was able to get a prescription for MMJ. I am in no way advocating its use or in anyway promoting it, but I came here with some questions/thoughts and would love to get some feedback from fellow sufferers. I have read on a few websites that cannabis mite be a possible candidate as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis, seeing as how gout is considered a form of arthritis it may seem that MMJ may be beneficial for gout sufferers. And there are other sites where it states that MMJ justs act like morphine in the sense that it helps the users forget about the pain while under the effects...
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Do Cherry Juice Gout Cures Work?

Cherries And Cherry Juice Gout Cures A message from a reader today prompts me to revisit my Cherry Juice Gout page. The message was about how the reader uses cherries to help gout. More about that later, but first correction of an omission. I wrote about "Later reports", without mentioning what they were. The studies include: Jacob, Robert et al. Consumption of Cherries Lowers Plamsa Urate in Healthy Women. Journal of Nutrition. 2003 Jun;133(6):1826-9. Antioxidant and antiinflammatory activities of anthocyanins and their aglycon, cyanidin, from tart cherries. Journal of natural products 1999 May;62(5):802. Consumption of Bing Sweet Cherries Lowers Circulating Concentrations of Inflammation Markers in Healthy Men and Women. Journal of Nutrition 2006 Apr 136: 981-986. Cyclooxygenase inhibitory and antioxidant cyanidin glycosides in cherries and berries. Phytomedicine. 2001 Sep;8(5):362-9. (more…)...
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Allopurinol Medication: What Is The Truth?

If you are on allopurinol medication for your gout, you should be getting good advice and regular checkups from your doctor. Like myself, I know many of you look for more information on the Internet. That's a good thing if it helps you, but beware of misleading lies and half-truths. Experience tells me that there is a lot of misinformation about gout, and also opinion masquerading as fact. Sometimes opinions, including my own, turn out wrong, but that is the nature of gout, which needs much more research. Wherever I can, I like to give references for my information, so that you can check it yourself. I'm so appalled by what I found today when searching for "allopurinol medication", that I'm not going to refer directly to my source, though you can probably search for it yourself using the gout search form at the top and bottom of every page. One page at the top, or near the top of my search for...
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Gouty Arthritis Treatment

Management of acute goutBetter gouty arthritis treatment is a major concern for gout sufferers throughout the world. My better gout treatment campaign is dedicated to improving medical and care procedures for all gout sufferers. My correspondence shows that this is a worldwide problem. British rheumatologists have completed some guidelines for the management of gout. The aim of those guidelines is to: develop concise, patient-focussed, evidence-based recommendations for the management of gout for doctors and allied heath professionals in primary care and hospital practice in the UK, which will also provide a useful resource for patients. My aim is to provide a clear and concise gout patient guide that tells you what you should expect and request when you see your doctor about gout. To do this, I will analyze these guidelines, and other relevant publications, discuss them with you in the gout forum, and develop a simple gout patient guide. I am still waiting to see the full guidelines, but the executive summary Full...
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Cure Your Own Gout

Can you cure your own gout? You might have to. If you do not take responsibility, and demand the right long term treatment, you will never cure your gout. If you do not take action, the chances are nobody else will. I get many messages from disillusioned gout patients who don't feel that their gout treatment is working. I've just seen an article that suggests that you might have to cure your own gout. In Patients Learn Chronic Disease Self-Management Online on MedScape, the authors note that: managing a chronic disease has become a normal part of life. The healthcare system, however, ... was designed to focus on acute illness and injury, not long-term conditions. This is why most gout sufferers get pain relief treatment, but many go without the long-term uric acid lowering treatments that are crucial to curing gout. But it is vital that you get this treatment to avoid crippling joint damage and skin bursting tophi. The authors conclude: There is no doubt...
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L-carnitine and Uric Acid

I've just read a fascinating study about a substance called L-carnitine and it's effect on uric acid. The study is not concerned with gout, but anything related to uric acid interests me. This particular study looks at how uric acid rises after strenuous exercise. The fact that exertion raises uric acid is the reason why I recommend gentle exercise for gout sufferers - exercise is important to aid mobility and help weight loss, but too much can have a bad effect. L-Carnitine L-carnitine is currently being promoted widely as an anti-aging / anti-dementia supplement. It is produced naturally in the body if sufficient lysine (an amino acid found in protein), vitamins B1, B6 and iron is available. It is available from diet - mainly muscle and organ meat, fish and milk products. The study about uric acid, exercise, and l-carnitine (L-Carnitine L-tartrate supplementation favorably affects markers of recovery from exercise stress) uses a commonly available carnitine supplement LCLT, combining L-carnitine with L-tartrate. In the study,...
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