Medicine Overview of Urifix Tablet
Urifix 40 Tablet is used in the treatment of gout
Side Effects of Urifix are Increased liver enzymes, Diarrhoea, Headache, Nausea, Skin rash.
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Urifix 40 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
Urifix 40 Tablet is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor. It works by decreasing blood uric acid, which is the chemical that causes gout.
In Depth Information on Urifix Tablet
- Your doctor has prescribed Urifix 40 Tablet to reduce episodes of gout attack.
- Take Urifix 40 Tablet at the same time every day, with or without food.
- Take plenty of fluids (2-3 litres) daily while on Urifix 40 Tablet.
- Notify your doctor if you develop a rash. This could be a sign of allergy and should go away on discontinuing Urifix 40 Tablet.
- When you first start taking Urifix 40 Tablet, you might have more gout attacks. Do not stop Urifix 40 Tablet on having an acute attack of gout as that could make an attack worse.
- Do not consume alcohol while taking Urifix 40 Tablet as it may cause your gout to flare up.
Urifix Tablet related warnings
Taking alcohol can increase your uric acid levels and hence aggravate gout.
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Urifix 40 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Urifix 40 Tablet is probably unsafe to use during lactation.
Limited human data suggest that the drug could represent a significant risk to the baby.
Do not drive unless you are feeling well.
Urifix 40 Tablet may cause dizziness, sleepiness, blurred vision, numbness or tingling sensation. This may affect your driving ability.
Urifix 40 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Urifix 40 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Limited information is available regarding the use of Urifix 40 Tablet in these patients.
Urifix 40 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Urifix 40 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Limited information is available regarding the use of Urifix 40 Tablet in these patients.
If you miss a dose of Urifix 40 Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
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Frequently asked questions about Urifix Tablet
Q. Can I take Urifix with rosuvastatin?
Rosuvastatin can be taken with Urifix. Rosuvastatin is used to lower bad cholesterol and Urifix is used to lower uric acid levels in patients with gout. Many patients of high cholesterol levels also have high uric acid levels. There are no human studies available on this interaction. However, animal research shows that when given together, Urifix can increase the blood levels of Rosuvastatin causing a higher risk of its side effects like muscle pain and muscle damage. So, a dose adjustment of Rosuvastatin may be needed when given along with Urifix.
Q. Does Urifix cause frequent urination?
Urifix is not known to cause frequent urination. However, if you experience any such symptom while using the drug, consult your doctor.
Q. How does Urifix work for the treatment of gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis in which uric acid levels are very high in the blood and they get deposited in the joints causing swelling, redness and sudden pain in these joints. Urifix works by inhibiting the enzyme xanthine oxidase involved in the synthesis of uric acid and hence decreases the level of uric acid in the blood.
No, Urifix is not a steroid. It is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor and decreases the serum uric acid levels.
Q. Is Urifix useful in lowering the triglyceride levels?
Urifix is not indicated for the treatment of hypertriglyceridemia. Conclusive evidence showing the drug lowering triglyceride levels is lacking.
Q. How long does Urifix take to work?
After oral intake, the peak plasma concentration of Urifix is achieved between 1 to 1.5 hours. However, it may take a few days to weeks to show its effect and you can experience gout attacks during this time. Continue to take your medicine during this time as with continuous use these attacks would decrease.
Q. Is Urifix an over the counter product?
Urifix is not an over the counter product. It is a prescription medicine and is available as per the doctor's advice.
Q. Is Urifix safe to use for a long time?
Studies have shown that Urifix is safe for long-term use. However, it should be taken only for the duration as per the doctor's advice.
Q. Can Urifix be used for the treatment of heart failure?
Urifix is not indicated for the treatment of heart failure. However, high uric acid levels is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and the benefit of urate-lowering therapy for cardiac diseases is being explored.
Q. Is Urifix useful for treating chronic kidney disease?
Urifix is not indicated for the treatment of chronic kidney disease. However, it can be safely used in patients with mild to moderate renal failure for lowering uric acid levels. Safety of the drug in severe renal failure is not established.
Q. Can I use Urifix for cancer?
Urifix is not used for the treatment of cancer. However, patients with malignant cancer when given anti-cancer drugs, experience a serious condition known as tumor lysis syndrome characterized by increased potassium, phosphate and uric acid levels in the blood due to the killing of cancer cells and this can lead to acute kidney injury, cardiac arrhythmia, and seizures. Urifix helps in this condition by lowering the uric acid levels and preventing further complications.
Q. Can I take Urifix with allopurinol?
Both Urifix and allopurinol are uric acid lowering agents and work in a similar way. So, using both the two medicines together may not be very beneficial and can increase the risk of side effects. However, there have been studies where Urifix when used with allopurinol in patients with refractory gout, was quite effective in providing relief. So, a combined use would be best decided by your treating doctor depending on your condition.
Q. Is Urifix useful for treating kidney stones?
Urifix is not indicated in the treatment of kidney stones. However, some studies show that high renal uric acid excretion may precipitate the formation of calcium stones in the kidney and hence, suggest Urifix may have a role in the reduction of stone formation.
Q. Can I take Urifix with colchicine?
Urifix can be taken with colchicine. In the initial few days of starting Urifix, patients may experience an increase in gout attacks because of the movement of uric acid and colchicine and painkillers are given to these patients for the relief of pain and inflammation.
Q. Can I take Urifix with azathioprine?
Urifix should not be taken with azathioprine. Taking both the medicines together will increase the levels of azathioprine and can cause toxicity.
Q. Can I take Urifix with antibiotics?
Urifix can generally be taken safely together with antibiotics. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor about the right antibiotic therapy for your condition while you are also taking Urifix.
Q. What are the contraindications to the use of Urifix?
Use of Urifix is contraindicated in patients being treated with azathioprine, mercaptopurine, theophylline, and in patients who develop hypersensitivity to the drug.
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