Allopurinol is a medication used to prevent acute attacks of gout and prevent joint damage from gout. It will also prevent gout kidney stones from forming. If you are tolerating the medication without side effects, then you should continue to take the medication. Your physician should be monitoring your kidney function and the level of uric acid in your blood. The goal is to keep your uric acid level less than 6.0 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl). Uric acid is the chemical in your body that is responsible for gout.
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