Facts About Gout
There is so much available information out there that it can sometimes be harder to find the facts.
Here are some truths about gout that will help you sort fact from fiction.
Gout is a painful condition.
Fact: Gout attacks are very painful and usually start suddenly, with intense pain, tenderness, redness, heat, and swelling. Most attacks happen in the big toe, but can occur in other joints in the body.
Gout only affects older men.
Fiction: The fact is the peak age range that men experience "gouty arthritis" is between 40 and 60. Women usually develop gout after menopause.
Gout is becoming more common.
Fact: Studies show that more people are getting gout. An estimated 8.3 million Americans have gout.
Gout is related to a buildup of uric acid in the blood.
Fact: The root cause of gout is a high level of uric acid in the bloodstream, a condition known as hyperuricemia.
Going on a crash diet is a good way to control gout.
Fiction: Diets designed for quick or extreme weight loss may actually increase uric acid levels in the blood. Exercise and a healthy, balanced diet may allow you to lose weight gradually, but you should discuss the best way for safe weight loss with a health care professional.
Important Safety Information for Uloric (febuxostat)
Do not take Uloric if you are taking azathioprine or mercaptopurine.
Uloric may cause serious side effects, including:
Gout Flares. Gout flares can happen when you first start taking Uloric. Your healthcare provider may give you other medicines to help prevent your gout flares.
Heart Problems. People who take Uloric can have serious heart problems including heart attacks, strokes and heart-related deaths. It is not known that Uloric caused these problems. Call your healthcare provider right away or get emergency medical help if you have any of the following symptoms: chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, numbness or weakness on one side of your body, trouble talking or headache.
Liver Problems. Liver problems can happen in people who take Uloric. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check how well your liver is working before and during your treatment with Uloric.
Severe Skin and Allergic Reactions. Serious skin and allergic reactions that may affect different parts of the body such as your liver, kidneys, heart or lungs, can happen in people who take Uloric. Call your healthcare provider right away or get emergency medical help if you have any of the following symptoms: rash, red and painful skin, severe skin blisters, peeling skin, sores around the lips, eyes or mouth, swollen face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat, or flu-like symptoms.
The most common side effects of Uloric include liver problems, nausea, gout flares, joint pain, and rash. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you, or that does not go away.
Use of Uloric
Uloric is a prescription medicine used to lower blood uric acid levels in adults with gout. Uloric is not for the treatment of high uric acid without a history of gout.
Individual results may vary.
Please see the complete Prescribing Information and talk to your healthcare professional.