Prevent gout and lower uric acid levels with Benemid
Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by recurrent attacks of a red, tender, hot, and swollen joint. Pain typically comes on rapidly in less than twelve hours. The joint at the base of the big toe is affected in about half of cases. Gout is due to elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. This occurs due to a combination of diet and genetic factors. At high levels, uric acid crystallizes and the crystals deposit in joints, tendons and surrounding tissues, resulting in an attack of gout. The main active ingredient in Benemid is Probenecid, which is a substance that helps your body pass uric acid through urine, thus preventing the apparition of gout and arthritic gout. Benemid does not cure gout, but after a few months of treatment with the drug, the possibility of a gout attack will drop significantly. Gout attacks usually occur at night, and they are so painfull that the patient can not even stand a piece of cloth on his big toe. Get rid of such events by using Benemid that will drastically improve your lifestyle, giving you once again the chance to rest normally and alleviating the symptoms with which gout presents.
How to use Benemid and facts to keep in mind when starting treatment
Benemid may upsed your stomach, so please keep in mind that you can always take it on a full stomach. If this does not help, tell your doctor about the problem and he will probably prescribe an antiacid. The treatment with Benemid is long and you must have patience. You will see improvements in your symptoms by the number of gout attacks you are having. Because Benemid is such an efficient drug, you will see that the attacks will gradually become less frequent and less painful than before. After a few months of using Benemid, you will see why Benemid is the go to drug for treating gout and gout attacks. Gout attacks will stop completely and your life will resume its normal course. Benemid is for preventing gout attacks, and although in the beginning of the treatment some attacks may still occur, do not take Benemid while having a gout attack as it will not stop it. Only by respecting the plan the doctor has given you of taking Benemid will you be able to prevent gout attacks completely. The doctor will tell you the dosing of this drug will be different from patient to patient. Even if you have a friend or a relative with the same condition, do not share Benemid with them as you may make their condition worse. Benemid prescribed for you, is for your use only. The normal dosage for treating gout and removing uric acid from the body is normally 250 mg (one-half of a 500-mg tablet) two times a day for about one week, then 500 mg (one tablet) two times a day for a few weeks. After this, the dose will depend on the amount of uric acid in your blood or urine. Most people need 2, 3, or 4 tablets a day, but some people may need higher doses. For children, the dose will be determined by the doctor. If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double dose. There is also a risk of developing kidney stones, so your doctor will order you to drink ten to twelve glasses of water per day while taking Benemid. To reduce your risk for serious side effects, do not increase your dose, take it more frequently, or take it for a longer time than directed by your doctor. Your doctor may start you on a lower dose and adjust your dose during treatment with this medication.After starting this medication, you may have an increase in the number of gout attacks while your body gets rid of extra uric acid. This may last for several months until the uric acid in your blood is lowered. Do not stop taking this drug if you have a sudden gout attack.
Common side effects and drug interactions whil taking Benemid
Common side effects reported by patients include nausea, loss of appetite, dizziness, hair loss, headaches, vomiting and frequent urination. If any of these effects persist, please contact your physician immediately. Do not stop taking Benemid because you are experiencing these side effects. Remember that your doctor has prescribed Benemid because he or she has deemed that the overall benefic effect of the drug outweighs the side effects. If any of the following symptoms appear: muscle weakness or pain, numbness/tingling in your fingers or toes, pale or gray color of the lips/tongue/palms of hands, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe diarrhea, severe stomach/abdominal pain, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat), unusual bleeding/bruising, unusual weakness/tiredness, dark urine, yellowing eyes, contact your physician as well. Although there are very little reported allergic reactions, if you are experiencing difficulty breathing, rash, swelling of the lips and tongue, itching, please contact your physician or present yourself to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible. Some of the following drugs may interact with Benemid: lorazepam (Ativan), methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall), rifampin (Rifadin, Rifamate, Rimactane), salicylates such as aspirin, Novasal, Doan’s Extra Strength, Salflex, Tricosal, and others, an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ketoprofen (Orudis, Oruvail), indomethacin (Indocin), meclofenamate (Meclomen), or naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn), diabetes medication you take by mouth.