Gout attack for 5 weeks while on allopurinol

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I took Allopurinol for 6 weeks and after two weeks, I had a terrible outbreak of gout that lasted 5 of the 6 weeks.   I have been off allopurinol for 10 days. I still have a level of 8.1 of uric acid and inflamed foot.  They gave me Colchicine and told me to take it for 3 months and to start the allopurinol in a week.  My foot is still inflamed, should I start the allopurinol?

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    My understanding is that Allopurinol takes several months to be fully effective (perhaps even a year).  Be patient with it.  I am puzzled why you came off it in the first place??  Why did you?

    For the record , I have been on Allopurinol for about 18 months and have been virtually 100% gout free (altho' I used colchicine once for a few days).  I am a great fan of the drug and somewhat less of a fan of the "natural" alternatives.

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    My limited understanding of the Allupurinol (AP) is that it pulls uric acid from out of your surrounding body tissue. combined the AP is trying to remove old uric acid while trying to remove new uric acid after a meal. I am not sure maybe some one else could confirm this.
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    Never take allopurinol whilst gout pain is present it makes it more painful, wait until the pain is completely gone before taking allopurinol. Often when starting to take allopurinol it can cause a gout attack. Try montmerency cherry juice and tumeric capsules both have anti inflamitory properties. The finest tablet I ever took was ARCOXIA 120 mg absolutely brilliant ask your GP for some there is life after colcichine.
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    See http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Gout/Pages/Treatment.aspx

    Specifically, see the cut & paste from the above.

    http://screencast.com/t/VnV0FvQIUTe

    Allopurinol takes months to be effective ... stick with it ... it will not produce results quickly but do not stop taking just because of a flare up.

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