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Can i stop taking allopurinol for few days to check whether tingling and numbness subsides or not?

I started taking allopurinol 4 days ago 100mg daily for high uric acid levels. Have had gout on & off for years but this flare-up has been the worst lasting over 2 months now. Put on allopurinol & I find that I now have pretty bad tingling & numbness in my hands & feet. I am thinking to stop taking the drug for a day or two to see if this goes away.
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
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Hi,

Tingling and numbness is a known side effect of allopurinol. If it's too much you may need to stop the drug.

There are a number of other drugs that may be used instead, especially the febuxostat which may be a more potent and safe alternative. Discuss this with your doctor.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Mahboob Ur Rahman , General & Family Physician
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