FDA Approves Bioniche Pharma's Aloprim

Allopurinol is used to treat chronic gout (gouty arthritis). This condition is caused by too much uric acid in the blood.

This medicine works by causing less uric acid to be produced by the body. Allopurinol will not relieve a gout attack that has already started. Also, it does not cure gout, but it will help prevent gout attacks. However, it works only after you have been taking it regularly for a few months. Allopurinol will help prevent gout attacks only as long as you continue to take it.

Allopurinol is also used to prevent or treat other medical problems that may occur if too much uric acid is present in the body. These include certain kinds of kidney stones or other kidney problems.

Certain medicines or medical treatments can greatly increase the amount of uric acid in the body. This can cause gout or kidney problems in some people. Allopurinol is also used to prevent these problems, and can be given as either a tablet or an injection if necessary

ALOPRIM (allopurinol sodium) for Injection is indicated for the management of patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and solid tumor malignancies who are receiving cancer therapy which causes elevations of serum and urinary uric acid levels and who cannot tolerate oral therapy.

Aloprim belongs to a group of medications known as xanthine oxidase (XO) inhibitors. It is used in the treatment of gout and certain other conditions that occur when excessive levels of uric acid accumulate in the body.

The body produces most of its own uric acid from substances known as purines. A small amount of uric acid is also obtained from food. Aloprim works to decrease levels of uric acid in the body by blocking the activity of xanthine oxidase, an enzyme that plays a key role in the production of the substance.