An Introduction to an Allopurinol Overdose
) is a prescription medication most commonly used to treat gout (although it is approved for a few other uses as well). As with most medications, it is possible to take too much allopurinol. The specific effects of an allopurinol overdose will vary, depending on a number of factors, including the allopurinol dosage
and whether it was taken with any other medications or substances.
Effects of an Overdose
It is not known what exactly to expect from an overdose of allopurinol. In one reported case, no serious problems were reported. Certainly, any of the usual allopurinol side effects
may occur with an overdose.
Treatment for an Allopurinol Overdose
The treatment for an allopurinol overdose will vary. If the overdose was recent, a healthcare provider may administer certain medicines or place a tube into the stomach to "pump the stomach." Treatment will also involve supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. Dialysis may be useful for removing allopurinol from the blood if necessary.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you may have overdosed on allopurinol.