Study Sees No Link Between Gout Drug, Kidney Disease
Some doctors hesitate to prescribe the drug to patients because of concerns it may raise their risk for chronic kidney disease, even though there is a lack of evidence to that effect.
As a result, many gout patients are undertreated, the Boston University School of Medicine researchers say.
They say their findings show that taking allopurinol to manage this painful form of arthritis is not only safe, but also potentially beneficial in reducing risk of kidney disease.
"Ultimately, we hope these results will be disseminated to [doctors] taking care of patients with gout," study co-author Dr. Tuhina Neogi said in a university news release. She's a rheumatologist and professor of medicine and epidemiology.
Gout is the most common inflammatory arthritis in the United States, affecting 3.9 percent of adults, or more than 8 million people. It's caused by urate crystals collecting within the joints, resulting in pain and swelling.
Allopurinol (brand name: Zyloprim) is the most frequently used medication to manage the condition, the researchers said in background notes.
For the study, Neogi and colleagues looked at more than 4,000 patients in the United Kingdom who took full-dose allopurinol to prevent painful gout flare-ups.
After an average of five years using the drug, 12.2 percent had developed stage 3 chronic kidney disease, compared with 13.1 percent of patients who did not take allopurinol.
The findings were published recently in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
© 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.
Posted: October 2018
Read this next
FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2020 -- COVID-19 can damage the kidneys and increase patients' risk of needing kidney dialysis, researchers report. The study authors also warned that doctors...
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020 -- Air pollution caused by forest fires can be deadly for people with kidney failure, a new study suggests. The tiny particles of air pollutants --...
WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2020 -- For critically ill patients with acute kidney injury, early dialysis doesn't reduce death any more than standard care does, new research...
More News Resources
- FDA Medwatch Drug Alerts
- Daily MedNews
- News for Health Professionals
- New Drug Approvals
- New Drug Applications
- Drug Shortages
- Clinical Trial Results
- Generic Drug Approvals
- Monthly Update Archive
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Whatever your topic of interest, subscribe to our newsletters to get the best of Drugs.com in your inbox.