What is Zyloric?
Zyloric is a tablet made to treat gout, with the active ingredient allopurinol. You take it everyday to prevent future gout attacks. It won’t treat the pain that comes with a gout attack- you’ll need to take a pain medication like a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for that.
Zyloric tablets have been a first-line treatment for gout since 1966 because of the effectiveness of allopurinol. So we know it works and that it’s a good choice to use long-term.
How does Zyloric work?
The allopurinol in Zyloric is a type of medication known as a xanthine-oxidase inhibitor. Xanthine-oxidase inhibitors work by reducing the action of an enzyme (xanthine-oxidase) that makes uric acid. Since gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood, allopurinol helps to control your gout.
Zyloric won’t reduce your pain while you’re having an attack. In fact, starting Zyloric in the middle of an attack of gout could make things worse. So you should take painkillers if you have a flare up at the moment.. But Zyloric can stop the painful uric acid crystals from forming to reduce the risk of future attacks.
What doses of Zyloric are there?
Doses of Zyloric usually range from 100mg to 900mg once per day. It comes as 100mg and 300mg tablets. You will usually start on a lower dosage, but this might be raised to a higher dose of Zyloric if you have more severe symptoms. Don’t take a higher dose of Zyloric than prescribed by our clinician.