Aloprim

Generic Name: Allopurinol

  • What is Aloprim?

    Aloprim is a medicine used to manage elevated uric acid levels caused by certain cancer therapy for leukemia, lymphoma, and solid tumor cancers in people who cannot tolerate oral medications. Aloprim is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Aloprim?

    Aloprim can cause liver damage. If you have liver disease, your doctor will perform periodic liver function tests early during Aloprim treatment.

    Aloprim can cause drowsiness. Use caution when engaging in activities that require mental alertness (such as driving or operating machinery).

    Aloprim can cause bone marrow suppression (a decrease in the production of blood cells).

  • Who should not take Aloprim?

    Your doctor will not administer Aloprim to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Aloprim?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Aloprim. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children: Your doctor will prescribe and administer the appropriate dose for you, based on your weight and the severity of your condition.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Aloprim?

    Your doctor will administer Aloprim to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Aloprim?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Aloprim?

    If Aloprim is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with Aloprim: amoxicillin, ampicillin, azathioprine, chlorpropamide, cyclophosphamide, cyclosporin, dicumarol, mercaptopurine, thiazide diuretics (water pills) (such as chlorthalidone or hydrochlorothiazide).

  • What are the possible side effects of Aloprim?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: agitation, allergic reactions, bleeding, chills, decreased or increased blood pressure, enlarged stomach, fever, hair loss, heart attack, infections, injection reactions, kidney problems, nausea, pain, rash, seizures, tremors, vomiting

  • Can I receive Aloprim if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Aloprim during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Aloprim?

    Aloprim should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Aloprim?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.