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    Information about Febuxostat

    Febuxostat uses

    Febuxostat is used in the treatment of gout.

    How febuxostat works

    Febuxostat is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor. It works by decreasing blood uric acid, which is the chemical that causes gout.

    Common side effects of febuxostat

    Increased liver enzymes, Diarrhea, Headache, Nausea, Skin rash
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    Expert advice for Febuxostat

    • Your doctor has prescribed Febuxostat to reduce episodes of gout attack.
    • Take Febuxostat at the same time every day, with or without food.
    • Take plenty of fluids (2-3 litres) daily while on Febuxostat.
    • Do not consume alcohol while taking Febuxostat as it may cause your gout to flare up.
    • When you first start taking Febuxostat, you might have more gout attacks. Do not stop Febuxostat on having an acute attack of gout as that could make an attack worse.
    • Notify your doctor if you develop a rash. This could be a sign of allergy and should go away on discontinuing Febuxostat.

    Frequently asked questions for Febuxostat


    Q. Does Febuxostat cause frequent urination?

    No, Febuxostat is not known to cause frequent urination. However, if you experience any such symptom while using the drug, consult your doctor.

    Q. How long does Febuxostat take to work?

    After oral intake, the maximum effect of Febuxostat can be seen between 1 to 1.5 hours of consumption. 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. Can I stop taking Febuxostat if I feel well?

    No, keep using Febuxostat if prescribed by your doctor, even if you feel well. If you stop taking Febuxostat, your gout symptoms may return.

    Content on this page was last updated on 05 February, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)