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Anturane (Generic Sulfinpyrazone)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Gouty arthritis is managed with the use of sulfinpyrazone. It prevents gout attacks by reducing the level of uric acid in your blood. The medication aids in preventing attacks but does not work to stop them once they have begun.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.

How should this medicine be used?

Sulfinpyrazone is available as an oral tablet and capsule. Typically, sulfinpyrazone is given twice daily. Use milk or food if desired. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Sulfinpyrazone should be taken as prescribed. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

Sulfinpyrazone aids in gout management but does not treat it. Sulfinpyrazone should still be taken even if you feel fine. Without consulting your doctor, never discontinue taking sulfinpyrazone.

Other uses for this medicine

A heart attack may be treated with sulfinpyrazone. Discuss the potential dangers of using this medication for your illness with your doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking sulfinpyrazone,

  • If you have an allergy to sulfinpyrazone or any other medication, tell your doctor and pharmacist right away.
  • In particular, mention anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) like warfarin (Coumadin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin or products containing aspirin, cholestyramine (Questran), diuretics (‘water pills’), and niacin to your doctor and pharmacist (Nicobid, Slo-Niacin), vitamins, tolbutamide (Orinase), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin), and theophylline (Theo-Dur).
  • If you have or have previously had renal disease, peptic ulcer disease, or any other blood illness, let your doctor know.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking sulfinpyrazone.
  • You should be aware that this medication might make you sleepy. Until you are certain of how this medication affects you, do not operate machinery or drive a car.
  • Do not forget that alcohol can increase the drowsiness brought on by this medicine. Alcohol may also cause your blood’s level of uric acid to rise. Drinking alcohol while taking sulfinpyrazone is not advised without first consulting your doctor.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Sulfinpyrazone aids in the removal of uric acid from the body through urine. Kidney stones may be produced by this procedure. Drink 10 to 12 glasses (8 ounces [240 millilitres] each) of liquids per day, or enough water to keep your urine a pale yellow colour, to help prevent kidney stones.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

There could be adverse effects from sulfinpyrazone. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Reduced appetite
  • Edoema, redness, or joint pain

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Having trouble breathing
  • Chest constriction
  • A skin rash
  • Abnormal bleeding or bruising
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Oral sores
  • Swollen or uncomfortable glands
  • Unpleasant urination
  • Changes in the urine’s volume
  • Side or lower back pain
  • Blood in the faeces or urine

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how you are responding to sulfinpyrazone, your doctor will request specific lab tests.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Anturane®
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