Liver And Allopurinol Side Effects

Liver And Allopurinol Side Effects

I'm often asked about different aspects of gout treatments. Today I answered a question about allopurinol side effects. "Does allopurinol taken for gout contribute to liver damage?", asked a reader from the USA. Most people tolerate allopurinol well, but up to 20% can have adverse reactions. The most serious reactions can involve liver problems. These are thought to be reversible - i.e. affected the liver recovers after allopurinol is stopped. continue reading Liver And Allopurinol Side Effects...
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Can you get gout in your baby toe?

Can you get gout in your baby toe?

This summary of an old forum discussion from July 2009 started about wine, but when the Original Poster added a picture of his foot, most of the interest was about gout in his second toe and baby (pinky) toe. The story began with: I had my first attack ever, second toe, gone in one day. I have been on restrictive diet for a week, lots of water, cherry juice, cherries etc. When is it safe to have 1 glass of wine (or do i wait a month or so?) See the tophi on baby toe photograph...
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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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Walking With Gout

Walking With Gout

I have replaced this June 2011 walking with gout discussion with Should I Walk with Gout. But you can still read the old details below. But you will get better gout walking information if you follow the links in this announcement: Walking, Swimming and Gout Update 1. Keith has updated Gout and Exercise to reduce Uric Acid to include new evidence to show that aerobic exercise for 45 days can reduce uric acid. Also, he has written new advice to answer Should I Walk with Gout. 2. I have grouped new exercise discussions for gout sufferers into the Gout and Exercise Forum. Similarly, I have created a Should I Walk with Gout Forum. So please join those discussions and add your own questions, experiences, and opinions about walking and swimming with gout. Please remember if you want personal help with any aspect of gout, the new place to ask is GoutPal's Gout Forum. So we look forward to chatting with you about your walking,...
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Is Minced Meat Food To Avoid With Gout?

Is Minced Meat Food To Avoid With Gout?

I get many questions about gout, from all over the world. Here's one I answered today from Romania about Foods To Avoid With Gout. The original question is preceded by >, and my answer is in italics. > I am from Romania. I have been suffering from gout for almost 4 years and now I am on Allopurinol (200) for more than one year. > As I understand it, if you take allopurinol, you should be able to eat almost anything. What is more important is to have uric acid levels monitored regularly to ensure that you are taking the correct dosage. When you are getting it checked, you should ask your doctor about any changes that you need to make to your diet. Please let me know what he says. > I have read a lot about how bad is minced meat for gout. Is this true and why? Is it bad even if it's chicken minced meat? I like...
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Naproxen (Aleve) For Gout

Naproxen (Aleve) For Gout

Naproxen (often sold under the Aleve brand) is commonly used by gout sufferers to relieve gout pain. It belongs to a class of drugs called NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), and so it should never be taken with other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, indomethacin, etc. NSAIDs are not gout-specific, but as gout pain is from inflammation, they are often prescribed by doctors for gout pain relief. As they are widely available OTC (Over The Counter), many gout sufferers make them the first choice for gout remedies. The old forum had a lively discussion about naproxen for gout, but it failed to draw any conclusions about adequate dosing, or the proper place in a gout treatment plan. I want to clear this up and update my Gout Pain Treatment Guide. continue reading Naproxen (Aleve) For Gout...
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Can hot spicy food affect gout?

Can hot spicy food affect gout?

Many gout sufferers want to know: can spicy food affect gout? This raises a number of extra questions. Which spicy foods might affect gout? We've had discussions about hot peppers, including jalapenos and chilies, curry, ginger, turmeric and lots of other spices. Some have positive effects on gout, but most are gout-neutral. How might spicy foods affect gout? Do spices affect inflammation, uric acid levels or both? If you have concerns about spices, we need to know exactly which spice. Then we can see if it might help inflammation for short-term relief, or if it might reduce uric acid for permanent relief. What you really need to ask is: Can hot spicy food affect My gout? Then you need to explain some facts about your gout so we can help you best in your situation. If you are new to GoutPal, I suggest you start with Questions for Gout Sufferers. Continue reading Can hot spicy food affect gout?...
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