Starting allopurinol is a worrying move for most gout sufferers.
First, there’s the psychological trauma of committing to a daily pill for the rest of your life.
Second, there’s the worry of the risk of horrendous side affects that affect some allopurinol users.
Third, there’s more worry about gout attacks during the first few months of allopurinol usage.
These are the 3 main concerns that gout sufferers ask about in the gout forums. There are many other concerns about starting allopurinol, such as getting the right dose, or if allopurinol should be started during a gout flare. My main concern is that gout patients do not seem to get the right answers from their doctors.
Whatever concerns you might have about starting allopurinol, you can be certain you will get good advice in the gout forum. Your best place to start is by reading my allopurinol guidelines. My guidelines give you all the facts you need about allopurinol. If you are specifically looking for information about the best way to start taking allopurinol, then I suggest you search for starting allopurinol.
Once you’ve read about starting allopurinol, you need to learn the best way to start allopurinol that suits you. You can just go straight to the forum, and ask your question about starting allopurinol. However, you will get better responses if you do a little preparation first:
- Log in to GoutPal so you can post quicker, and easily return to your topics later.
- Add some facts about your gout to your Personal Gout Profile.
It’s very important to track your uric acid level when you are taking allopurinol. Be sure to record your current level on your profile. Whenever you get new uric acid blood test results, change your profile where it asks for My uric acid level, and also make a note of your test date and result in Other personal gout facts. That way, when you ask your questions about starting allopurinol, people can make sure their answers are relevant to you.
Now’s the time to ask your questions about starting allopurinol. You can also use the forum to share your opinions and experiences about starting allopurinol. If you want to see relevant discussions, please see When to start allopurinol.
Please note that I’m moving my gout forums to a new website. See the latest Starting Allopurinol discussions in my Gout Topic Index. Join in any of those topics, or start your own new allopurinol discussion.