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Febuxostat is used to treat painful joint condition (gout) and increased blood uric acid levels (hyperuricemia).

How it works

Febuxostat belongs to a class of medications called xanthine oxidase inhibitors. It works by decreasing the amount of uric acid in the body and thereby preventing gout attacks.

Common side effects

Liver enzyme increased, Acne-like rash, Joint pain, Chest pain, Dizziness, Shortness of breath, Nausea, Slow speech, Difficult speech, Weakness, Numbness of extremity


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Expert advice

  • Do not start or continue the febuxostat tablets and consult your doctor, If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • To help prevent attacks, avoid beer, sugary drinks, and foods like red meat, seafood, turkey, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, and mushrooms.
  • You may have an increase in gout symptom flares when you first start taking febuxostat. For best results, keep taking the medication as directed.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is febuxostat better than allopurinol?
Both are beneficial in treatment of gout. Any drug can be superior as per indication or patient   profile.
Q. Is febuxostat a steroid?
No. Febuxostat is not a steroid.
Q. Can I take colchicine with febuxostat?
Yes. colchicine can be taken with febuxostat.
Q. What is Febutaz 40 or feburic 40? 
Febutaz 40 and feburic 40 contains febuxostat. If used for approved indication and in appropriate dose,  Please consult your doctor before taking the drug.

Q. Are they safe?
febuxostat is generally safe.

Q. Is febuxostat US FDA approved?
Yes. it is an US FDA approved drug. 

Content on this page was last updated on 14 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)