Uloric is a prescription medication used to treat gout. It is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor. The medication is designed to lower the level of blood uric acid in patients suffering from gout. Patients should keep in mind that Uloric is only for adults as it is not understood if the drug is safe or effective for children under 18. The drug is used to prevent further gout attacks. Uloric does not treat gout symptoms as they occur. The drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2009. It is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Patients should not take Uloric while taking either of the following:
- Azathioprine (Imuran, Azasan)
- Mercaptopurine (Purinethol)
- Uniphyl, Theodur, Theochron (Theophylline)
Prior to taking Uloric, patients should consult their healthcare provider. Additionally, patients should let them know about any prior conditions. The following is especially important:
- Issues Relating To Stroke Or Heart Disease.
- Pregnant Or Planning To Become Pregnant. Studies Are Not Sure If The Drug Can Cause Damage To The Fetus.
- Any Problems With The Liver Or Kidney.
- Breastfeeding. Medical Researchers Are Still Unsure Whether The Drug Can Be Transmitted In Breast Milk.
Patients can discuss all their concerns with a physician and should also let them know about any prescription or non-prescription drugs they are taking. This includes any vitamins, supplements, or alternative medicines. Uloric may be affected by either a pre-existing medical condition or prescription drugs a patient is currently taking.
Before talking to a physician, take note of everything listed above and then be ready to discuss it.