Generic Name: sulfinpyrazone (sul fin PEER a zone)Brand Names: Anturane
Sulfinpyrazone reduces the amount of uric acid in your body by causing more uric acid to be passed out in your urine. Sulfinpyrazone also has other effects in the body that are important in the treatment of gout.
Sulfinpyrazone is used to treat gout and gouty arthritis.
Sulfinpyrazone may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about Anturane (sulfinpyrazone)?To reduce the risk that kidney stones will form, drink at least 8 to 10 full glasses (8 ounces) of fluid every day, unless your doctor tells you not to. Take sulfinpyrazone with food, milk, or an antacid to lessen stomach upset. Do not take aspirin, salsalate (Disalcid), magnesium salicylate (Magan, Doan's), choline and magnesium salicylate (Trilisate), or other aspirin-like products without the approval of your doctor. These products decrease the effects of sulfinpyrazone. Taking one aspirin a day to reduce the risk of a heart attack is usually acceptable. Talk to your doctor.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you
have ever had an allergic reaction to sulfinpyrazone,
have kidney disease or poorly functioning kidneys,
have kidney stones,
have an ulcer in your stomach,
have blood problems, or
are on high-dose aspirin or salicylate therapy.
Take sulfinpyrazone exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Take each dose of sulfinpyrazone with a full glass of water. Also, to reduce the risk that kidney stones will form, drink at least 8 to 10 full glasses (8 ounces) of fluid every day, unless your doctor tells you not to. Take sulfinpyrazone with food, milk, or an antacid to lessen stomach upset. If nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite is severe or persistent, consult your doctor.
Do not stop taking this medication without the approval of your doctor.Store sulfinpyrazone at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
See also: Anturane dosage in more detail
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.
Symptoms of a sulfinpyrazone overdose include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, poor coordination, difficulty breathing, seizures, and coma. An overdose of sulfinpyrazone can result in death.
Follow your doctor's recommendations about diet.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Heartburn, nausea, and upset stomach are the most common side effects of sulfinpyrazone therapy. Take each dose with food, milk, or an antacid to decrease these side effects.
Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience an acute attack of gouty arthritis.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
The combination of sulfinpyrazone and acetaminophen (in Tylenol and many other products) can be damaging to your liver. Do not take products that contain acetaminophen unless your doctor approves.
Sulfinpyrazone may increase the effects of the following medicines:
warfarin (Coumadin), which could lead to bleeding; and
tolbutamide (Orinase), which could lead to low blood sugar levels.
You may need lower doses of these drugs.
Sulfinpyrazone may decrease the effects of other medicines:
theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theochron, Theolair, Elixophylline, others), which could lead to worsening asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and
verapamil (Verelan, Calan, Isoptin), which could lead to worsening heart problems such as high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat.
You may need higher doses of these drugs.
Niacin (Nicolar, Nicobid, others) may decrease the effects of sulfinpyrazone. A dose adjustment may be necessary.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with sulfinpyrazone. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Sulfinpyrazone is available with a prescription generically and under the brand name Anturane. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
Anturane 100 mg--white, round, scored tablets
Anturane 200 mg--green capsules