Allopurinol, marketed under the name Zyloprim, belongs to a class of medications known as xanthine oxidase enzyme inhibitors. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides patients who need Allopurinol prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.
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Allopurinol (Zyloprim) is a xanthine oxidase enzyme inhibitor medication. Allopurinol (Zyloprim) is used for managing patients with signs of primary or secondary gout, certain patients with leukemia and lymphoma, and some patients with recurrent calcium oxalate calculi and high uric acid excretion. Gout is a disorder of the metabolism (hyperuricemia) that is characterized by the deposition of monosodium urate in tissues such as the joints. Zyloprim (allopurinol) works by reducing the production of uric acid by acting on purine catabolism. Similar to the purine base hypoxanthine, Zyloprim inhibits the enzymatic activity of xanthine oxidase and interferes with the conversion of xanthine to uric acid. Serum and urinary uric acid levels are typically observed to drop within three days of Zyloprim administration and depends on the dose of allopurinol given. Allopurinol is sometimes used with colchicine and indomethacin in gout patients.
Allopurinol – Side Effects
People who plan to allopurinol should be aware of possible side effects. Side effects of allopurinol use include, but are not limited to, diarrhea, nausea, liver inflammation, acute attacks of gout and a rash. Zyloprim (allopurinol) should not be used for treating asymptomatic hyperuricemia. People who have a hypersensitivity or allergy to allopurinol or Zyloprim should not use the medication. It is not recommended to drink alcohol while using allopurinol. Questions about allopurinol and its side effects should be discussed with the pharmacist and medical provider prior to use.
Allopurinol and Zyloprim are available at many pharmacies for a reasonable cost. Allopurinol typically costs under twenty cents per pill and, in some cases, the cost may be partially or fully covered by one’s insurance plan. Allopurinol coupons may also be available online which can help reduce the cost even further. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.
Zyloprim is orally administered and is available as allopurinol 100 mg and allopurinol 300 mg tablets. Zyloprim 100 mg tablets are scored white tablets and Zyloprim 300 mg tablets are scored peach tablets. Zyloprim is 90% absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and peak plasma levels occur in as quickly as 1.5 hours. A small percentage of Zyloprim is excreted in the feces.
Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.