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Uloric is a prescription medicine used for preventing gout attacks. Because of the way it works, this medication is not very effective for treating a gout attack that is already occurring. By inhibiting the effects of a certain enzyme in the body, the drug can lower uric acid levels. This medication comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day. Side effects include nausea, joint pain, and gout flares.
What Is Uloric?Uloric® (febuxostat) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of gout. It is the first new medication approved for gout in the past 40 years.
How Does It Work?Uloric works by lowering uric acid levels. This helps to treat gout, as gout is caused when the levels of uric acid become so high that uric acid crystals form inside the joint. The medication lowers uric acid levels by inhibiting xanthine oxidase, an enzyme responsible for producing uric acid in the body. By inhibiting xanthine oxidase, Uloric slows down the rate at which the body produces uric acid.
Uloric works well for preventing gout attacks, but it is not very effective for treating a gout attack that is already occurring. In fact, sometimes it temporarily seems to make gout worse at first. For these reasons, Uloric is usually taken along with other gout medications, at least temporarily.