Allopurinol is a very strong medication, so it is only natural for people to be concerned with the side effects. This is among the best medications for treating gout pain. Even though it is powerful, as long as it is taken according to the instructions, you should not have to worry about the side effects.
Here are the allopurinol side effects. Take note, not everyone is going to experience these side effects. If you notice you are experiencing something that is not on the list, you should consult your doctor to determine if you are having a reaction to the medication.
These are minor side effects and not everyone will experience them:
- hair loss
- stomach ache
These side effects should be reported to your doctor, they are more serious:
- decrease in production of urine
- pain or aching of the muscles
- sore throat
- blood in urine
- blood in stools
- black, tarry stool
- difficulty breathing
- swelling of fingers, feet, face, stomach or legs
- bleeding or bruising that is unexplained
- lips that are sore or bleeding
- yellow skin
- yellow or red eyes
- thickened or scaly skin
- sores on the skin
- swollen and/or painful glands
- peeling, tender or red skin
- tingling sensation in the feet, arms, legs and or hands
- weight gain
- Lower back pain
- rash with vomiting and/or diarrhea
- pain when urinating
Allopurinol side effects can often be avoided when it is used as directed. It is designed to lower the uric acids within the body. When the uric acids within the body are successfully lowered appropriately it is likely there will be a gout flare up. This is because the old crystals are in a way melting, so they can be eliminated from the body.
Some consider this to be another one of the allopurinol side effects, but in reality it is the medication doing exactly what it is supposed to be doing. The existing deposits are destroyed by the medication. This also keeps new uric acid deposits from crystallizing and beginning the process all over again.
Some individuals do suffer from multiple allopurinol side effects while others do not suffer from a single one. It is important that you inform your doctor of any and all side effects you experience while taking the medication. It might be safer for your doctor to put you on another medication.