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What is Allopurinol?

Allopurinol is used to prevent urate bladder stones. Allopurinol requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per tablet.

For:

Dogs

Benefits:
  • Prevents recurrent urate bladder stones
  • Especially good for breeds prone to blood flow abnormalities
How it Works:

Allopurinol belongs to a class of drugs called xanthine oxidase inhibitors which prevent the accumulation of uric acid. If uric acid accumulates in the body, crystals form in the urine which may congregate to produce kidney or bladder stones.

Cautions:

Allopurinol should be given with meals. It should not be given to pregnant or nursing animals and should not be used in puppies.

Brand Name:

Zyloprim (GlaxoSmithKline)

Generic Name:

Allopurinol

What is the most important information I should know about allopurinol:

Allopurinol is a prescription medication not FDA approved for veterinary use; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs. Allopurinol is available as 100mg and 300mg scored tablets. The usual initial dose for dogs is 5mg/pound given with food once a day. Water should be kept available for the pet to drink. Allopurinol may cause drowsiness

What is Allopurinol:

Allopurinol reduces the production of uric acid in the body. Allopurinol helps prevent the formation of bladder stones in dogs that are caused by high levels of uric acid. Allopurinol may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving allopurinol to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has liver or kidney disease or if the pet is pregnant or lactating. Inform your veterinarian of any other medications, including vitamins and supplements your pet may be taking while receiving Allopurinol.

How should this medication be given:

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Allopurinol should be given with food to lessen stomach upset. Allopurinol should be given with lots of water. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Store allopurinol at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet:

Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of allopurinol overdose are not known.

What should I avoid while giving Allopurinol to my pet:

Allopurinol may cause drowsiness.

What are the possible side effects of Allopurinol:

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving allopurinol and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives), blood in the urine or pain when urinating, a rash, eye irritation, fever, chills or joint aches or severe nausea or vomiting. Other less serious side effects may occur. Continue giving allopurinol and talk to your veterinarian if your pet experiences upset stomach or diarrhea, dizziness or drowsiness or an acute attack of arthritis. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Allopurinol:

Ampicillin or amoxicillin may increase the risk that a rash may develop. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given a thiazide diuretic, azathioprine, drugs used to treat cancer, cyclosporine, warfarin or theophylline. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with allopurinol. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines.

Where can I get more information:

Your pharmacist has additional information about Allopurinol written for health professionals that you may read. Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Allopurinol is a prescription medication used in dogs for the prevention of urate bladder stones.
  • Allopurinol is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs.
  • Allopurinol should be used in adult dogs only. Do not use in puppies, kittens, or cats.
Tip:

The medication should be given with meals. Water should be kept available for the pet. Allopurinol may cause drowsiness.

Dosage:
Dogs:
Weight
Dosage
All weights
Give 5mg per pound of pet's body weight once a day with food
Cats/Kittens:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.

Ingredients
Allopurinol:
Ingredients
Strength
Allopurinol
100 mg
Allopurinol:
Ingredients
Strength
Allopurinol
300 mg
Customer Reviews
Q&A

Is this medication provided for human use

Asked by: granny
This is a human medication used by veterinarians to prevent recurrent bladder stones in dogs.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2010-07-08

yellow vomit

my app. 11 yr old heinz 57 dog that I have no history on has been vomiting yellow bile looking fluid last two-three days but is eating,urinating,bowels o.k. and every other aspect o.k. Any suggestions or just see our vet ?
Asked by: bear
Have your veterinarian examine your pet.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2010-01-09

Is there any medication available to dissolve kidney stones?

My 5 lb. 11 year yorkie has suffered from stones all her life. Ultasounds showed that her kidneys contain many stones. The last stone she passed was a urate stone. However, I believe she may have had struvite stones in the past, but not sure.
Asked by: Dawn
Allopurinol is used in the treatment of urate stones. Struvite stones are dissolved by making the urine acidic. Methio-Form is a urinary acidifier available by prescription. There are diets available to treat struvite stones as well.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2009-12-17

what is the best type of medication to give your cat if he is vomitting up yellow bile?

Asked by: sam
That's a question for your veterinarian. He/she would need to determine what's causing the vomiting.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2009-12-17

Medication for calcuim oxalate bladder stones

Asked by: nornie
Calcium oxalate stones are usually removed surgically. However, with proper diet and drinking plenty of fluids the chance of formation is reduced. Calcium citrate (Urocit-K) is a prescription medication used to reduce formation of calcium oxalate stones.
Answered by: Gary, Dir, of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2008-10-22

Is there a medication available to disolve bladder stones?

Asked by: Deb
Uroeze is a prescription medication that aids in dissolving struvite bladder stones.
Answered by: Gary, Dir, of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2008-07-30
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