Febuxostat is used to lower uric acid levels in people with gout. Febuxostat works by reducing the amount of uric acid made by the body. An increased uric acid level can cause gout.
Because of the risk of very serious heart-related problems and stroke with febuxostat (see also Warning section), febuxostat should be used only after treatment with a medication called allopurinol did not work to lower your uric acid level, caused serious side effects, or is not recommended by your doctor. Febuxostat should be used only if you have symptoms caused by a high blood uric acid level.
Febuxostat may rarely cause very serious side effects including heart attack, stroke, or possibly fatal heart-related problems. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, chest pain (angina), or have had a heart attack or stroke in the past since these conditions may increase your risk. Discuss the risks and benefits of this medication and treatment options with your doctor. Get medical help right away if you have any of these very serious side effects: chest/jaw/left arm pain, unusual sweating, shortness of breath, fast/irregular heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, weakness on one side of the body, sudden vision changes, confusion, trouble speaking, sudden severe headache.
How to Use This Medication
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking febuxostat and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
You may have more gout attacks for several months after starting this medicine while the body removes extra uric acid. Febuxostat is not a pain reliever. Your doctor may prescribe medication (such as colchicine, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or indomethacin) to prevent/treat a gout attack during the first several months you are taking febuxostat. Continue to take your prescribed medicines for gout attacks as directed by your doctor.
Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.