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Class: Antigout Agents
- Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitors
VA Class: MS400
CAS Number: 315-30-0
Brands: Aloprim, Zyloprim

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 18, 2019.


Xanthine oxidase inhibitor; structural isomer of hypoxanthine.152 156

Uses for Allopurinol


Reduction of serum and urinary uric acid concentrations in primary and secondary gout.156 In early uncomplicated gout, preferred over uricosurics in patients with urinary uric acid excretion >900 mg daily and in those with gouty nephropathy, urinary tract stones or obstruction, or azotemia.a

Management of gout when uricosuric agents cannot be used because of adverse effects, allergy, or inadequate response; when there are visible tophi or radiographic evidence of uric acid deposits and stones; or when serum urate concentrations exceed 8.5–9 mg/dL and patient has family history of tophi and low urate excretion.a

Management of primary or secondary gouty nephropathy with or without secondary oliguria.a

Not recommended for management of asymptomatic hyperuricemia;156 however, some clinicians have suggested that therapy be initiated when serum urate concentrations exceed 9 mg/dL (by colorimetric method) because these concentrations often are associated with increased joint changes and renal complications.a

Of no value in the treatment of acute gout attacks (due to lack of analgesic or anti-inflammatory activity).a

Chemotherapy-induced Hyperuricemia

A component of therapy (with urinary alkalinization and IV hydration)160 in patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and solid tumor malignancies who are undergoing cancer therapy expected to result in tumor lysis and subsequent elevations of serum and urinary uric acid concentrations.152 153 156

Oral allopurinol may be slower and less effective in decreasing plasma uric acid concentrations than IV rasburicase.157 158 159 160 161

Recurrent Renal Calculi

Management of recurrent calcium oxalate renal calculi in males and females whose urinary urate excretion exceeds 800 and 750 mg daily, respectively.156

Prevention of uric acid renal calculi in patients with history of recurrent stone formation.a

Other Uses

Has been used to reduce hyperuricemia secondary to glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, polycythemia vera, or sarcoidosis or secondary to administration of thiazides or ethambutol.a

Allopurinol Dosage and Administration


  • Maintain fluid intake to yield daily urine output of ≥2 L.152 156 Maintain neutral or, preferably, alkaline urine.152 156


  • Transition period of several months may be required when allopurinol is added to regimen of colchicine, uricosuric agents, and/or anti-inflammatory agents.156 a During transition period, administer drugs concomitantly, adjusting allopurinol dosage to achieve normal serum urate concentrations and freedom from acute gouty attacks for several months.156 a Withdraw uricosuric agent gradually over several weeks.156 a

Chemotherapy-induced Hyperuricemia

  • For prevention of acute uric acid nephropathy in patients undergoing chemotherapy, begin allopurinol treatment 24–48 hours before initiating chemotherapy.152 a

Pharmacogenetic Testing

  • Consider pharmacogenetic testing for the variant human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-B*5801 allele prior to initiating allopurinol in certain populations at high risk for allopurinol-associated hypersensitivity reactions in which this allele is highly prevalent.165 167 168 169 172 181 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and some clinicians state pretreatment screening should be considered in populations in which both the HLA-B*5801 allele frequency is increased and the risk of severe hypersensitivity reactions in HLA-B*5801-positive patients is very high (e.g., individuals of Korean ancestry with stage 3 or worse chronic kidney disease, individuals of Han Chinese or Thai ancestry irrespective of renal function).165 181 (See Pharmacogenomics of Allopurinol-induced Hypersensitivity Reactions under Cautions.)

  • Genotyping results considered positive if 1 or 2 copies of HLA-B*5801 are detected and negative if no copies of the variant allele are detected.164 166

  • Experts recommend avoiding allopurinol in patients who have tested positive for HLA-B*5801.163 164 165 167 If use cannot be avoided and benefits of allopurinol are considered to outweigh risks, more intensive monitoring for hypersensitivity reactions is required.172

  • Because of limitations, HLA genotyping must not substitute for appropriate clinical vigilance and patient management.163 164

  • Many HLA-B*5801-positive patients treated with allopurinol will never develop severe cutaneous reactions,164 and such reactions may develop in HLA-B*5801-negative patients.164 166 172

  • For additional information and guidance on how to interpret and apply results of HLA-B*5801 testing, consult the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) guideline for HLA genotype and allopurinol dosing.163 164


Administer orally156 or by IV infusion.152

Oral Administration

Usually administer orally once daily.156 If oral dose >300 mg, administer in divided doses.156

Administration after meals may minimize adverse GI effects.156

IV Infusion

For solution and drug compatibility information, see Stability under Compatibility.


Reconstitute vial containing allopurinol sodium equivalent to 500 mg of allopurinol with 25 mL of sterile water for injection to provide a solution containing 20 mg/mL of allopurinol.152 Should be diluted further before IV administration.152


Dilute concentrate containing allopurinol 20 mg/mL with a compatible IV solution (see Solution Compatibility under Stability) to a final concentration of ≤6 mg/mL.152 Do not use diluent containing sodium bicarbonate.152

Rate of Administration

Administer daily dosage by continuous infusion or in equally divided intermittent IV infusions at 6-, 8-, or 12-hour intervals.152 Infusion rate depends on volume of infusate.152


Available as allopurinol (oral) or allopurinol sodium (for IV use); dosage is expressed in terms of allopurinol.152 156

Pediatric Patients

Chemotherapy-induced Hyperuricemia

Children <6 years of age: Initially, 150 mg daily.156

Children 6–10 years of age: Initially, 300 mg daily.156

Adjust dosage after about 48 hours according to patient response.156


Children ≤10 years of age: Initial dosage of 200 mg/m2 daily.152 a

Children >10 years of age: 200–400 mg/m2 daily.152 162



Use low initial dosage to reduce possibility of early flare-up of acute gouty attacks and because some data suggest that higher initial dosages may be associated with increased risk of severe hypersensitivity reactions.165 168 Gradually increase dosage to achieve target serum urate concentrations (<6 mg/dL) or until maximum recommended dosage is reached.165 168

Manufacturers recommend initial dosage of 100 mg daily.156 May increase dosage by 100 mg weekly to achieve target serum urate concentration or until maximum recommended dosage of 800 mg daily is reached.156 Manufacturers state usual dosage is 200–300 mg daily in patients with mild gout and 400–600 mg daily in those with moderately severe tophaceous gout.156 After serum urate concentrations are controlled, manufacturers state dosage reduction may be possible; minimum effective dosage is 100–200 mg daily.156

Some experts recommend initial dosage of 100 mg or less daily; increase dosage every 2–5 weeks in increments of 100 mg daily to achieve target serum urate concentrations or until maximum dosage of 800–900 mg daily is reached.156 165 167 168 169

Although a dosage of 300 mg daily is commonly used, up to one-half of patients with normal renal function will not achieve target serum urate concentrations at this dosage.165 168 169 In some studies utilizing dosages up to 600–800 mg daily, 75–80% of patients achieved target serum urate concentrations.168 191

Chemotherapy-induced Hyperuricemia

600–800 mg daily for 2–3 days.156


200–400 mg/m2 daily.152

Recurrent Calcium Oxalate Renal Calculi

Initially, 200–300 mg daily.156 Titrate dosage based on 24-hour urinary urate determinations.156

Prescribing Limits

Pediatric Patients


Children >10 years of age: Maximum 600 mg daily.152



Maximum 800–900 mg daily.156 167 169


Maximum 600 mg daily.152

Special Populations

Renal Impairment


Various dosing strategies have been recommended to minimize risk of hypersensitivity reactions.165 167 168 Low initial dosage recommended to reduce such risk;165 167 186 the relationship to maintenance dosage in renal impairment is more controversial.186 Uncertainty is reflected in lack of consensus on dosage in renal impairment.186 (See Hypersensitivity Reactions under Cautions.)

Dosages, including initial dosage, should be lower than those used in patients with normal renal function.156 a

Manufacturers state that dosages in Table 1 may be adequate.156 a

Table 1. Manufacturer-recommended Oral Maintenance Dosage in Patients with Renal Impairment

Clcr (mL/minute)

Maintenance Dosage


200 mg daily156


≤100 mg daily156


Increase dosage interval (e.g., 300 mg twice weekly)156 a

Some clinicians have recommended alternative Clcr-based maintenance dosages (see Table 2).150 Although widely adopted,165 184 this strategy frequently fails to reduce urate concentrations to target levels; evidence that this strategy reduces risk of hypersensitivity reactions in patients who tolerate low initial dosages of allopurinol is lacking.167 183 184 More recent data suggest dosage can be increased safely beyond these Clcr-based maintenance dosages, with greater reduction of serum urate concentrations.183 184

Table 2. Clcr-based Oral Maintenance Dosage in Patients with Renal Impairment150

Clcr (mL/minute)

Maintenance Dosage


250 mg daily


200 mg daily


150 mg daily


100 mg daily


100 mg every 2 days


100 mg every 3 days

ACR and some clinicians recommend initial dosage of 50 mg daily in patients with stage 4 or worse chronic kidney disease (Clcr <30 mL/minute) based on data suggesting initial dosage is a risk factor for hypersensitivity reactions.165 183 Adjust dosage in increments of 50–100 mg every 2–5 weeks to achieve target serum urate concentration.183 ACR and some other clinicians state dosage may be increased to >300 mg daily,165 169 provided patients receive appropriate education and are monitored regularly for hypersensitivity reactions or other adverse effects.165

Other experts and clinicians recommend even lower eGFR-based initial dosages (see Table 3), followed by gradual increase in dosage (e.g., in 50-mg increments at intervals of approximately every 4 weeks).167 173 These experts state maximum dosage should be lower than in patients without renal impairment, but target serum urate concentrations should be the same.167

Table 3. GFR-based Oral Dosages for Initiation of Allopurinol Therapy in Renal Impairment

Estimated GFR (mL/minute per 1.73 m2)

Initial Dosage


50 mg weekly


50 mg twice weekly


50 mg every 2 days


50 mg daily


50 and 100 mg on alternating days


100 mg daily

Table 4. Manufacturer-recommended Maintenance IV Dosage in Patients with Renal Impairment152

Clcr (mL/minute)

Maintenance Dosage


200 mg daily


100 mg daily


100 mg at extended intervals

Cautions for Allopurinol


  • Known hypersensitivity to allopurinol or previous serious reaction.152 156

  • Manufacturer of didanosine states that concomitant use of allopurinol and didanosine is contraindicated.174 (See Specific Drugs under Interactions.)



Hepatic Effects

Hepatotoxic reactions and elevations of serum transaminase or alkaline phosphatase concentrations reported.152 156

Perform liver function tests (especially in patients with preexisting liver disease) before and periodically during therapy, particularly during initial months of therapy.152 156 a

If anorexia, weight loss, or pruritus develops, assess liver function.152 156

CNS Effects

Drowsiness may occur; performance of activities requiring mental alertness may be impaired.152

Sensitivity Reactions

Hypersensitivity Reactions

Serious, sometimes fatal, hypersensitivity reactions reported in approximately 0.1–0.4% of patients receiving allopurinol.164 165 166 167 187

Hypersensitivity reactions (also referred to as severe cutaneous adverse reactions [SCARs]164 166 186 ) include a spectrum of cutaneous reactions and systemic manifestations, including toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), and allopurinol hypersensitivity syndrome; systemic manifestations may include fever, leukocytosis, atypical circulating lymphocytes, eosinophilia, lymphadenopathy, vasculitis, and organ system involvement (e.g., hepatitis, acute renal failure).152 164 165 166 167 172 187 Onset typically occurs within weeks or months following initiation of therapy, but may occur later.164 165 172 187

Mortality rate of severe hypersensitivity reactions is up to 20–30%.164 165 166 168 187 Discontinue allopurinol immediately at first appearance of rash or any sign that may indicate hypersensitivity reaction;152 156 172 early diagnosis and drug discontinuance may improve prognosis.172

Presence of the HLA-B*5801 allelic variant is strongly associated with severe allopurinol-induced hypersensitivity reactions, particularly in certain Asian populations.164 166 170 171 172 (See Pharmacogenomics of Allopurinol-induced Hypersensitivity Reactions under Cautions.) However, other genetic or nongenetic factors (e.g., renal impairment, thiazide diuretic use, recent initiation of allopurinol therapy, high initial allopurinol dosage) also are associated with increased risk.163 164 165 170 172 183 184 186 187

Hypersensitivity reactions may occur more frequently in patients with renal impairment receiving allopurinol and thiazide diuretics; use these drugs with caution and careful monitoring in this population.152 156 (See Specific Drugs under Interactions.)

Some data suggest that high initial dosages are associated with increased risk of hypersensitivity reactions and that initiating allopurinol at a low dosage adjusted for renal function may reduce risk.164 167 173 186

Relationship between allopurinol maintenance dosage, particularly in patients with renal impairment, and hypersensitivity reactions is more controversial.186 This uncertainty is reflected in lack of consensus on allopurinol dosage in renal impairment.186 (See Renal Impairment under Dosage and Administration.)

Pharmacogenomics of Allopurinol-induced Hypersensitivity Reactions

Presence of HLA-B*5801, an inherited allelic variant of the HLA-B gene, is strongly associated with severe hypersensitivity reactions to allopurinol, particularly in certain Asian populations (Han Chinese, Korean, Thai).164 166 170 171 172

Estimated frequency of HLA-B*5801 is up to 20%, approximately 12%, or 6–15% in individuals of Han Chinese, Korean, or Thai ancestry, respectively.164 166 172 Estimated frequency in Japanese and European populations is 1–2%.166 172 In the US, estimated frequency is approximately 7% in individuals of Asian ancestry, 3–6% in African-Americans, and <2% in Caucasians and Hispanics.170 176 178

Strength of the association between HLA-B*5801 and hypersensitivity reactions appears to vary according to frequency of HLA-B*5801 expression.164 166 170 171 187 In a Taiwanese study, HLA-B*5801 was present in 100% of Han Chinese patients with allopurinol hypersensitivity syndrome, SJS, or TEN, compared with 15% of allopurinol-tolerant patients and 20% of population controls.164 166 175 Strong associations also reported in Thai and Korean populations.164 189 190 More modest associations observed in Japanese and European Caucasian populations, with HLA-B*5801 present in approximately 36–56 and 55–64%, respectively, of patients with severe hypersensitivity reactions.164 166 170

Presence of HLA-B*5801 is not predictive of less severe dermatologic reactions (e.g., simple or mild rash, maculopapular eruption) to allopurinol.163 164

Consider pharmacogenetic testing for HLA-B*5801 prior to initiation of allopurinol therapy in certain high-risk populations in which this allele is known to be highly prevalent.165 167 168 169 172 181 (See Pharmacogenetic Testing under Dosage and Administration.)

Experts recommend avoiding allopurinol in patients who have tested positive for HLA-B*5801.163 164 165 167 If allopurinol use cannot be avoided and the benefits are considered to outweigh the risks, more intensive monitoring is required.172

Cost-effectiveness analyses conducted mostly in Asia suggest screening for HLA-B*5801 prior to initiating allopurinol would be cost-effective in certain populations (e.g., Taiwanese and Thai populations, Korean patients with chronic renal insufficiency).168 177 179 180 Prospective studies suggest that screening of Taiwanese patients of Han Chinese ancestry and Korean patients with chronic renal insufficiency reduces incidence of allopurinol-induced severe adverse cutaneous reactions below historically predicted rates.181 182 Additional studies needed to assess role of screening in other populations with lower or ill-defined frequencies of the allele.168 181 Some clinicians suggest screening of African-Americans may be cost-effective.178

Regardless of genotyping results, closely monitor patients receiving allopurinol.164

General Precautions

Acute Gout

Allopurinol is of no value in the treatment of acute gout attacks; will prolong and exacerbate inflammation during the acute phase.156

May increase frequency of acute attacks during the first 6–12 months of therapy; therefore, administer prophylactic doses of colchicine concurrently during the first 3–6 months of therapy.156 a


Maintain sufficient fluid intake and a neutral or slightly alkaline urine to avoid possible formation of xanthine calculi and to prevent renal precipitation of urates in patients receiving concomitant uricosuric agents.152 156

Adequate Laboratory Monitoring

Perform liver and renal function tests and complete blood cell counts before and periodically during therapy (particularly during initial months of therapy).152 156 a

Specific Populations


Category C.156


Allopurinol and oxypurinol distribute into milk; use with caution in nursing women.152 156

Pediatric Use

Rarely indicated in children except in those with hyperuricemia secondary to neoplastic disease, cancer chemotherapy, or genetic disorders of purine metabolism.156 a

Safety and efficacy profile for allopurinol sodium for injection in children is similar to that in adults.152

Geriatric Use

Select dosage carefully due to age-related decreases in hepatic, renal, and/or cardiac function and concomitant disease and drug therapy.152 154 Elimination may be prolonged due to age-related changes in renal function.154

Numbers of geriatric patients in clinical studies of IV allopurinol sodium insufficient to determine whether they respond differently than younger adults; other clinical experience identified no difference in response.152

Renal Impairment

Increased half-life.152 Reduce dosage.150 152 153 156 (See Renal Impairment under Dosage and Administration.)

Monitor closely; if deterioration in renal function occurs and persists, reduce dosage or discontinue drug.152 156

Possible increased risk of rash.a

Increased risk of severe hypersensitivity reactions.163 164 165 170 172 184 186 (See Hypersensitivity Reactions under Cautions.) Concomitant therapy with a thiazide diuretic in patients with renal impairment may increase risk of allopurinol-induced hypersensitivity reactions; use with caution in such patients and observe closely.152 (See Specific Drugs under Interactions.)

Common Adverse Effects

Oral therapy: Pruritic maculopapular rash.156

IV therapy: Rash, renal failure/impairment, nausea, vomiting.152

Interactions for Allopurinol

Does not inhibit hepatic microsomal enzymes.a

Specific Drugs





Potential for increased serum urate concentrations156 a

May need to increase allopurinol dosage156 a

Ampicillin and amoxicillin

Increased incidence of rash in patients with hyperuricemia152 156 a

Clinical importance not determined; avoid concomitant use, if possiblea

Anticoagulants (e.g., dicumarol, warfarin)

Inhibition of dicumarol metabolism;a 152 156 not shown to substantially potentiate anticoagulant effect of warfarina

In patients receiving dicumarol and allopurinol, monitor PT and observe patient for increased anticoagulant effects152 156 a


Inhibition of azathioprine metabolism; possible increase in toxic effects (including bone marrow depression)152 156

Decrease azathioprine dosage initially by 66–75%; base subsequent dosage adjustments on patient response and toxic effects152 156


Potential for adverse hepatorenal reactions;a competition with chlorpropamide for renal tubular secretion152 156

Observe for signs of excessive hypoglycemia, especially in patients with renal impairment152 156


Potential for bone marrow depression; mechanism not known152 156 a


Increased blood concentrations of cyclosporine152 156

Monitor blood concentration and consider dosage adjustments of cyclosporine152 156


Potential for increased serum urate concentrations156 a

May need to increase allopurinol dosage156 a


Increased didanosine peak plasma concentration and AUC, particularly in patients with renal impairment; possible increased didanosine toxicity174

Concomitant use contraindicated174

Diuretics (e.g., thiazides, furosemide, ethacrynic acid)

Potential for increased serum urate concentrations; potential for increased serum oxypurinol concentrations and increased risk of allopurinol toxicity, including hypersensitivity reactions, particularly in patients with renal impairment152 156 188 a

Depending on indication for diuretic, consider use of alternative agents (e.g., other antihypertensives)186

If concomitant use necessary, increase intensity of monitoring for hypersensitivity reactions, particularly with thiazide use in patients with chronic renal impairment172

Monitor renal function; adjust dosage of allopurinol if necessary152 156 a


Inhibition of mercaptopurine metabolism; possible increase in toxic effects (including bone marrow depression)152 156

Decrease mercaptopurine dosage initially by 66–75%; base subsequent dosage adjustments on patient response and toxic effects152 156


Potential for increased serum urate concentrations156 a

May need to increase allopurinol dosage156 a


Increased uric acid excretion; possible reduction in inhibition of xanthine oxidase by oxypurinol; possible renal precipitation of oxypurines152 156 a

May use smaller doses of each druga

Allopurinol Pharmacokinetics



About 80–90% absorbed following oral administration;156 a peak plasma concentrations of allopurinol and oxypurinol are reached in 1.5 and 4.5 hours, respectively.156

Following IV infusion over 30 minutes, peak plasma concentrations of allopurinol and oxypurinol are reached in about 30 minutes and 4 hours, respectively.152


In patients with gout, serum urate concentrations begin to decrease slowly within 24–48 hours; minimum concentrations may not be reached for about 1–3 weeks.156 a Because of continued mobilization of urate deposits, substantial reduction of uric acid may be delayed 6–12 months or may not occur in some patients.156 a


After discontinuance of therapy, serum urate concentrations return to pretreatment levels within 1–2 weeks.a 156

Special Populations

In geriatric patients (71–93 years of age), peak plasma concentrations and AUC of oxypurinol following oral allopurinol dose are 50–60% higher than in younger adults (24–35 years of age); apparently related to changes in renal function in older population.154



Uniformly distributed in total tissue water, except in the brain where concentrations are approximately 50% of those in other tissues.a Allopurinol and oxypurinol are distributed into milk.152 156

Plasma Protein Binding

Allopurinol and oxypurinol are not bound to plasma proteins.a



Rapidly metabolized by xanthine oxidase; metabolized principally to an active metabolite, oxypurinol.152 156

Elimination Route

Excreted in urine as oxypurinol (about 70%) and in feces as unchanged drug (about 20%) within 48–72 hours.152 156 a

Allopurinol and oxypurinol are dialyzable.156


1–3 and 18–30 hours for allopurinol and oxypurinol, respectively.152 156 a

Special Populations

In patients with severe renal impairment or decreased urate clearance, plasma half-life of oxypurinol is greatly prolonged.152 156

Patients genetically deficient in xanthine oxidase are unable to convert allopurinol to oxypurinol.a





15–25°C in dry place; protect from light.156


Powder for Injection


Store diluted allopurinol sodium solutions containing ≤6 mg/mL of allopurinol at 20–25°C; use within 10 hours of reconstitution.152 Do not refrigerate reconstituted and/or diluted solutions.152


For information on systemic interactions resulting from concomitant use, see Interactions.


Solution Compatibility152


Dextrose 5% in water

Sodium chloride 0.9%

Drug Compatibility
Y-Site CompatibilityHID


Acyclovir sodium



Bleomycin sulfate


Buprenorphine HCl

Butorphanol tartrate

Calcium gluconate


Cefazolin sodium

Cefotetan disodium


Ceftriaxone sodium

Cefuroxime sodium





Dexamethasone sodium phosphate

Doxorubicin HCl liposome injection






Fludarabine phosphate



Gallium nitrate

Ganciclovir sodium

Granisetron HCl

Heparin sodium

Hydrocortisone sodium succinate

Hydromorphone HCl





Methotrexate sodium


Mitoxantrone HCl

Morphine sulfate

Potassium chloride

Ranitidine HCl



Vancomycin HCl

Vinblastine sulfate

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Amikacin sulfate

Amphotericin B


Cefotaxime sodium

Chlorpromazine HCl

Clindamycin phosphate



Daunorubicin HCl

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Gentamicin sulfate

Haloperidol lactate

Hydroxyzine HCl

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Imipenem–cilastatin sodium

Mechlorethamine HCl

Meperidine HCl

Methylprednisolone sodium succinate

Metoclopramide HCl

Nalbuphine HCl

Ondansetron HCl

Prochlorperazine edisylate

Promethazine HCl

Sodium bicarbonate


Tobramycin sulfate

Vinorelbine tartrate


  • Allopurinol and its active metabolite, oxypurinol, inhibit xanthine oxidase.152 156 Inhibition of xanthine oxidase blocks conversion of oxypurines (hypoxanthine, xanthine) to uric acid, resulting in decreases in serum and urine uric acid concentrations and increases in serum and urine concentrations of hypoxanthine and xanthine.152 156

  • Decreases de novo purine biosynthesis by indirectly increasing oxypurine and allopurinol ribonucleotide concentrations and decreasing phosphoribosylpyrophosphate concentrations.a Also decreases serum uric acid concentrations by increasing incorporation of hypoxanthine and xanthine into DNA and RNA.152 a

  • Has no analgesic, anti-inflammatory, or uricosuric activity.153

Advice to Patients

  • Importance of discontinuing drug and consulting clinician at first sign of rash, painful urination, blood in urine, irritation of eyes, or swelling of lips or mouth.152 156

  • Importance of maintaining fluid intake sufficient to yield daily urine output of ≥2 L.152 156

  • Administering drug after meals may minimize gastric irritation.156

  • Importance of continuing allopurinol therapy as prescribed for gout; optimal benefit may be delayed for 2–6 weeks.156

  • Potential for drug to cause drowsiness and impair mental alertness; use caution when operating machinery or performing hazardous tasks until effects on individual are known.152 156

  • Importance of women informing clinicians if they are or plan to become pregnant or plan to breast-feed.152 156

  • Importance of informing clinicians of existing or contemplated concomitant therapy, including prescription and OTC drugs as well as any concomitant illnesses.152 156

  • Importance of informing patients of other important precautionary information.152 156 (See Cautions.)


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Dosage Forms


Brand Names




100 mg*

Allopurinol Tablets

Zyloprim (scored)


300 mg*

Allopurinol Tablets

Zyloprim (scored)


* available from one or more manufacturer, distributor, and/or repackager by generic (nonproprietary) name

Allopurinol Sodium


Dosage Forms


Brand Names



For injection, for IV infusion only

500 mg (of allopurinol)*

Allopurinol Sodium for Injection



AHFS DI Essentials™. © Copyright 2020, Selected Revisions November 18, 2019. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc., 4500 East-West Highway, Suite 900, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.

† Use is not currently included in the labeling approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.


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