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User Reviews for Allopurinol

Also known as: Zyloprim, Aloprim

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Summary of Allopurinol reviews 7.5 71 reviews

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Reviews for Allopurinol

JF May 10, 2020

For Gout: “Been taking allopurinol for 6 months and have had more frequent gout attacks than before. Uric acid levels not lowered. Only impact really seems to have been a few negative side effects. Seriously, this is the best medicine can provide for this condition in 2020? Oh, yeah, I guess a few of our illusions have been undone there lately.”

2 / 10
James · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 3, 2020

For Gout: “On Allopurinol for gout for 3 years, then developed terrible joint pain all over the body. I was in agony. My doctor picked it up as a possible side effect of Allopurinol, and suggested that I go off it for 4-6 weeks, see if there is improvement, and then re-challenge. Joint pain went, came back when I re-challenged. Thankful to have a switched-on doctor.”

2 / 10
GhargaBlarg · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 10, 2020

For Gout: “My life would suck if it wasn't for this pill”

10 / 10
Benny · Taken for less than 1 month March 7, 2020

For Gout: “Was given allopurinol for gout and had horrible side effects I took it for 2 weeks and switched to probenecid. It's been 15 years and only I small attack with no side effects”

1 / 10
ILLMATIC December 27, 2019

For Gout: “I had gout at 30 and I have been suffering gout pain for 7 years, at times I could drive or or walk and sometimes crawl to the toilet. I’ve tried every diet, I don’t drink alcohol or eat seafood, I’ve gout though my mother also my 2 older brothers have it also so it’s genetic. I tried 200mg of allopurinol in 2017 and I’ve not had gout since after 1 year I’m taking 100mg everyday and I have been so happy in the last 2 years also I’ve eaten everything and no gout. I get blood tested every 6 moths to 12 months and it’s been absolute fine.”

10 / 10
Slickd · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 6, 2019

For Gout: “Have taken allopurinol for four weeks and have totally lost my sex drive and now have ED (erectile dysfunction). This was six months ago and there is no change. I would not recommend this unless you want to be chemically castrated.”

Veryfew · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 10, 2019

For Gout: “I am a 49 year old male and diagnosed with gout at 35. Had on and off attacks which progressively got worse and was put on to allopurinol 2 years ago. Started at initial 100mg and uric acid shot right down within a week. So stayed on that dose and have not had an attack since. However I have found low libido levels which may not be a bad thing in my life. However also got erectile dysfunction which I am not happy with. I am trying to lose weight and then go off allopurinal for a while to see if I still need it”

7 / 10
Honey · Taken for 10 years or more November 1, 2019

For Gout: “Have been on 300 mcg of allopurinol everyday for approximately 30 years and suddenly last week I had a gout attack. I am in a quandary as to why. My doctor doesn't seem to come up with an answer. I am wondering whether it is worth it to keep doing this if it isn't going to stop gout attacks.”

Profirma · Taken for less than 1 month September 27, 2019

For Gout: “I am 47 yrs old, 6’ tall and 183 lbs. I had some routine blood tests done to check cholesterol, PSA etc etc. They come back with high Triglycerides (561) and Uric acid at 8.4 so the MD has put me on Lipod for the Triglycerides and Allopurinol for the Uric acid even though I’ve never suffered from Gout. I must admit I like a few beers a night and my diet is mostly fish as I don’t eat meat. I’ve been on the combination of meds for a month now and I have lost all energy and maybe not depressed but I certainly don’t have the get up and go I used to have and my sex drive is pretty much zero.”

5 / 10
jonkay3 · Taken for 5 to 10 years August 12, 2019

For Gout: “I'm 86, have had mild gout attacks over the years but they became severe a few years ago. In my right index finger I had a growth that was removed surgically and analyzed as uric tophi. MD put me on Allopurinol 300mg daily and gout diminished substantially. But I must avoid red meat, beer, shellfish; otherwise, it returns. Sometimes when I feel it coming back (usually because I ate something off limits) I'll take a second 300 mg dose that day after dinner (ie, on a full stomach). In sum, allopurinol enables me to control my gout.”

10 / 10
Joe · Taken for 2 to 5 years April 3, 2019

For Gout: “While I haven't had any problem with gout since I started talking Allopurinol over 2 years ago, I HAVE struggled with erectile dysfunction and very low libido as a result of taking Allopurinol. Dr. even prescribed generic viagra and it has done no good. Stopping Allopurinol a while to test my hypothesis.”

6 / 10
wreak · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 27, 2018

For Gout: “After 40 days on this med, my gout attacks are more frequent, more severe, and longer lasting. I can't walk or sleep for the pain. How could they sell a cure that causes the disease? I read it does make it worse at the start while body is getting rid of uric acid and the Doctor should only start it when the gout is clear or they should give something to treat the gout at the same time as you start. Once it starts working it should be great. They say the trick is to start at a low dose, get your uric acid levels checked and increase the dose slowly til your uric acid levels are good.”

1 / 10
SlowLearner October 22, 2018

For Gout: “Developed noticeable gout symptoms at 35years old. Condition became progressively worse. Blood test showed my UA level to be 11.0! Was having frequent gout attacks due to lifestyle. Tried homeopathic and natural "cures" (GC, Cherries, Cherry Juice, etc) not much relief. Gout was moving into elbow, wrist, knee and thumb. Allopurinol has lowered my Us from 11.0 to 4.0. I have my life back. Waited and suffered too long fearing the potential side effects, of which I have had none. I'm a lifer now. What a difference.”

10 / 10
AL · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 3, 2018

For Gout: “The reviews on here were helpful before I started allopurinol, hope this helps someone too: I am a 33 year old guy, 6'4" and 250 lbs. Have had diagnosed gout for 5 years (started after a foot surgery), with increasing recurrence, sharpness, and length of pain each time. Finally went to a GP, who tested my uric acid (9.3), and prescribed me 100mg allopurinol. Upon reading these reviews, I made an appointment with a rheumatologist, who agreed with the diagnosis and dose, but also prescribed a months worth of predisone and colchicine (since allopurinol will most likely cause a gout attack after starting). Glad I did that, as I had very few side affects for the first month. Re-tested uric acid, down to 8.1. Currently upped to 200mg a day, w/o the prednisone or colchicine. No side effects yet. If the trend continues, definitely consider it a successful drug, even if it's a life-long commitment.”

8 / 10
Cherob · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 10, 2018

For Urinary Tract Stones: “I am taking Allopurinol 300mg/day to prevent uric acid kidney stones. I commenced taking them Nov. 2017 after many years of regular stones forming however since this date I have had NO re occurrence of stones. I have started having a salty type taste in my mouth which I put down to the medication, however this is a small price to pay for the relief from passing kidney stones.”

Paci April 2, 2018

For Gout: “I am 48 years old. I suffered gout attacks for more than five years. It was very debilitating and depressing. My GP prescribed me allopurinol therapy for six months and it works! I have never gout attacks since then.”

nlangan1 · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 3, 2018

For Gout: “I am a middle aged male and have suffered from periodic gout since my late 20's. I get it in my big toe and the pain is so awful, even the strongest prescription pain killers only dulled it. It seems to be food triggered; in my case, beef and certain fish. Tried eating cherries, drinking pure cherry juice and several preventative medicines. This is the first medication I have taken that has actually worked. Side effects have been minimal. Five months and totally gout free, regardless of diet.”

9 / 10
T-Bob · Taken for less than 1 month January 30, 2018

For Gout: “I am 50 and this is my first experience with gout which is in my big toe. My uric acid levels were normal but the doctor is still treating it as gout. I was prescribed Allopurinol 300mg tablets. Just got the prescription filled and read the info on the drug. To be honest, it scared me a little with all the possible side effects. That is what brought me here to see how others have done on it.”

Trinigout1972 January 27, 2018

For Gout: “I have had gout now for over 8 years. I'm 45yrs old, 6' tall and 185lbs. I have not had a very good experience so far with allopurinol. I had uric acid that was up in the 11.0 range and getting regular gout attacks, Would come on and off of it but continued the attacks with and without it. I am currently on 400mg and have had 3 attacks in 6 weeks, ankles, knees, elbow... I am going to continue for another couple months and see where we are. Going for another uric acid test on Monday. I drink alcohol mostly on weekends, have kept off most meat, and recently stopped the beer... will see how that goes.”

4 / 10
Danoc1010 December 13, 2017

For Gout: “I’m a 47 year old male who was had gout since the age of 21. Over that time period I have made the big mistake of going off my allopurinol numerous times. Most of the time it was because I was too lazy to get to the pharmacy to get a refill. Well here I am again with another gout attack. This will be the last. Allopurinol works! Get on it and don’t miss you refill date!”

10 / 10
John1976 August 24, 2017

For Gout: “41 year old male been dealing with gout for about 5 years now. At first I didn't know what it was I just started getting pains in my feet. Long story short it progressed into frequent attacks in my ankles with pain beyond belief. I tried all the natural remedies and they helped a little, especially cherry juice, but I was losing the battle. I've never been so depressed and I was literally going out of my mind. I finally started allopurinol per my doctor. 100mg at first then 200mg. At first I got more attacks for about a month. But then they subsided and I've been attack free since. God send. No side affects but maybe some dry skin. If you are suffering with this try this drug. It could save your sanity it did mine. Just remember it is better to start it between attacks (while you don't actually have gout) and your gout might get worse before it just goes away”

jahtez · Taken for 10 years or more June 30, 2017

For Gout: “I experienced attacks of gout from my 20's on - debilitating pain in a foot joint being the most common symptom. I'd have half a dozen attacks of this per year lasting a few days. I finally went to a doctor in my early 30's and was put on a daily Allopurinol regime, and I haven't had an attack since. I'm currently in my mid 60's. Over the past 6 years I've significantly altered my lifestyle, dropped 60 lbs, exercise far more often, and no longer eat meat, so I'm considering asking my doctor if I should try going off the medication. But overall, it has been a blessing to me.”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 29, 2017

For Gout: “I've had gout for 10 years I'm 37. Over the past 2 years I've been getting attacks every couple of weeks in my feet, ankles, knees and elbow. I was bed bound for a full week in January couldn't walk had to crawl to the toilet absolute horrible time. I started allopurinol 300mg at first then upped it to 600mg as I was still getting attacks. After about 1 month taking 600mg I got a blood test and my urate levels were normal after 10 years. Back down to 300mg per day and not had a gout attack since February. My diet is still the same and I still drink alcohol most weekends but the tablet I take each day controls my gout.”

9 / 10
Nba2854 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 18, 2017

For Gout: “I signed up just to review this drug. In my late 20s I came down with gout. I was/ am overweight and drink more alcohol then I should. I broke bones, tore ligaments, and I think gout was the worst pain I came across. It wasn't only for the first day, but it would stick with me for days and weeks. I would be intense pain. It was severely impacting my life. I tried taking cherry pills, and other over the counter but nothing seemed to work. After skeptism I began taking allopurinol. I have been taking it for nearly 9 months and have not had a single attack (knock on wood). I am still overweight and drink occasionally like I'm in college.”

10 / 10
GrandCenturion · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 17, 2017

For Gout: “Diagnosed at age 27. Grandfather on one side and uncles and father on the other all have gout. Used to get an attack about once every few months and took colchicine and indicid to control. Am now nearly 42 and a few months ago started taking allopurinol. I tried this 3 or 4 times over the years but immediately had bad gout attacks so was advised to stop. New GP now, started on 100mg a day.....continued attacks, then went to 200mg a day....continued attacks....now 300mg a day and continued attacks. I had a spur and a gouty bursar removed from right elbow about 6 weeks ago and Just been on 20hr flight (both may affect)and had another bad flare up left ankle and crippled last 2days. Help!!:( I get attacks in elbows, ankles, knees and big toe”

3 / 10