Uloric Warnings and Precautions
Before taking Uloric, let your healthcare provider know if you have heart disease, liver disease, or kidney disease. Other precautions and warnings with Uloric include possible drug interactions, the safety of using the medication while pregnant or breastfeeding, and potentially dangerous side effects. To avoid any complications, warnings and precautions for the medication should be fully discussed with your healthcare provider.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Uloric?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Uloric® (febuxostat) if you have:
- Ever had a heart attack or stroke
- Heart disease
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Uloric Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Uloric include the following:
- In some early studies, people taking Uloric seemed to have a higher risk for heart attacks or strokes. This was not seen in a larger, later study, and there is no logical reason why Uloric would cause such problems. Nonetheless, make sure to watch for any heart attack symptoms or stroke symptoms, and seek immediate medical attention if you suspect either of these problems.
- Uloric works to prevent gout attacks; it does not help treat attacks that are already occurring. In fact, it can temporarily worsen gout, especially at first. For these reasons, Uloric is usually used along with other gout medications, especially for the first few months.
- Uloric can increase liver enzymes. While an increase in liver enzymes does not necessarily mean there is any problem, it could also be an indicator of liver damage. Your healthcare provider should monitor your liver enzymes periodically (using a simple blood test).
- Uloric could potentially interact with other medications (see Uloric Drug Interactions).
- Uloric is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that Uloric may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Uloric during pregnancy (see Uloric and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is not known if Uloric passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using Uloric (see Uloric and Breastfeeding).