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Febuxostat - 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?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Febuxostat is used to lower the high levels of uric acid in the body in patients with existing gout.

Build-up of uric acid in your body can cause gout, gouty arthritis, kidney or urinary tract stones. Febuxostat is used to prevent or treat these conditions.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Febuxostat 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.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Febuxostat 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 Febuxostat with certain medicines for cancer e.g. mercaptopurine and medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. azathioprine.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- heart disease
- liver disease
- thyroid disease
- galactosemia (hereditary disorder, inability to digest galactose)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. Your doctor may also need to do routine blood tests and liver function tests while you are being treated with this medicine.

What side effects could I experience?

Febuxostat may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, headache, nausea, joint pain and rash.

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?

Do not take Febuxostat with certain medicines for cancer e.g. mercaptopurine and medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. azathioprine.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- theophylline (medicines for cold and allergy)
- rosiglitazone (medicines for diabetes)
- desipramine (medicines for mood disorder)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Febuxostat.

Always notify 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 Febuxostat - 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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