Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Consume adequate fluids, unless otherwise directed to keep urine alkaline.1
• Allopurinol may contribute to iron depletion, and iron supplementation may be beneficial.2
• Take with food or milk to reduce stomach upset.3
• Avoid large doses of vitamin C, this may contribute to an increased risk of kidney stones with allopurinol.4
• Allopurinol may theoretically increase the length of action of anticoagulant herbs, based on its known interaction with warfarin. These herbs include : Angelica, anise, arnica, asafoetida, bogbean, boldo, danshen, fenugreek, feverfew, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, ginseng (Panax), horse chestnut, licorice, meadowsweet, prickly ash, passionflower, poplar, quassia, red clover, turmeric, and willow.5
References1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Park GD, Berlinger WG, Spector R, Kitt TM, Tsalikian E: Sustained reductions in oxypurinol renal clearance during a restricted diet, Clinical Pharmacol Ther, 1987; 41:616-621.
2 Lin YW, Okazaki S, Hamahata K, Watanabe K, Usami I, Yoshibayashi M, Akiyama Y, Kubota M. Acute pure red cell aplasia associated with allopurinol therapy. Am J Hematol. 1999 Jul;61(3):209-11.
3 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
3 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
4 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
4 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
5 Brinker, Francis: Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
5 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
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