- What is sulfinpyrazone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for sulfinpyrazone?
- Is sulfinpyrazone available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for sulfinpyrazone?
- What are the side effects of sulfinpyrazone?
- What is the dosage for sulfinpyrazone?
- What else should I know about sulfinpyrazone?
What is sulfinpyrazone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Sulfinpyrazone is an oral drug that is used to treat gout. Gout is caused by elevated blood levels of uric acid (hyperuricemia). Sulfinpyrazone works by increasing the excretion of uric acid in the urine thereby lowering the elevated levels of uric acid in the blood that are responsible for gout.
What are the side effects of sulfinpyrazone?
Side effects of sulfinpyrazone are uncommon and usually mild. The most frequent adverse reaction is stomach upset. Accordingly, combining the drug with food, milk or antacids is advised. Sulfinpyrazone, however, can cause kidney pain and uric acid kidney stones. Rarely, it has caused severe anemias.
What is the dosage for sulfinpyrazone?
Sulfinpyrazone should be taken with food, milk or antacids. Patients taking sulfinpyrazone long-term should drink plenty of fluids to minimize the risk of uric acid stones forming in the kidneys.
Sulfinpyrazone - (Anturane - discontinued in the US) is a drug prescribed to reduce elevated blood uric acid levels with gout to prevent recurrent attacks of arthritis. Side effects, drug interactions, and pregnancy safety information should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.
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