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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
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).
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.