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Benzbromarone - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Benzbromarone is used to reduce the high level of uric acid in your body. This medicine is used for the long-term treatment of gout (uric acid disorder).

How do I take this medicine?

Take Benzbromarone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take this medicine on a full stomach, with or immediately after a meal. Drink lots of water. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Benzbromarone must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not take Benzbromarone if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to this medicine.

Do not take this medicine to relieve an acute attack of gout.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

- liver disease
- kidney disease
- porphyria (an inherited disorder that may cause skin or nervous system abnormalities)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

For as long as you are taking this medicine, your doctor may need to do regular blood tests (e.g. liver function tests) to check your body’s response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.

What side effects could I experience?

Benzbromarone may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and stomach discomfort.

Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience or develop:

- fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, cough
- headache
- skin rash or allergies
- severe low back pain
- pain when urinating
- yellowing of the skin or eyes

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Alert your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for blood clot e.g. aspirin, warfarin
- medicines for TB e.g. pyrazinamide

Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

In order to prevent future gout attacks, it is important to be mindful of your diet:

Avoid excessive alcohol intake. Maintain adequate hydration.

Avoid foods high in purine, such as organ meat, seafood and oily fish. Other foods with purine content, such as meat, poultry, fish, may be eaten in moderation.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet low in highly processed foods and refined sugar (sugar that is commonly found in processed foods including soda drinks, candies, canned fruits).

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Benzbromarone - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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