Uloric is a very common prescription medicine used to prevent damage to the joints and eventually stop the attacks of gout and gouty lumps affecting the skin. Even though the drug has helped a lot of people prevent gout by using it regularly, Uloric isn’t exactly the safest medicine available for the treatment of this disease.
One look at the number of Uloric lawsuits will give you a good idea of how dangerous the medication can be. According to recorded lawsuits, Uloric is capable of developing serious side effects of the cardiovascular system that has sometimes resulted in death. And the company creating the medicine has not sufficiently warned people of the major side effects associated with the drug, hence anyone who has suffered serious damage to their cardiovascular health is liable for compensation.
Should You Use Uloric?
Uloric is very effective against gout. It is used as a long-term treatment of the disease and is especially useful if you are suffering from the following.
- Damage to kidneys or joints by repeated attacks of gout
- You are experiencing frequent gout attacks
- You have gouty lumps
However, if you have the following conditions, Uloric might not be the best choice for you.
- You are suffering from a severe heart condition
- You have liver kidney problems
- You have thyroid difficulties
In most cases, your doctor should be able to advise you better after you go through a blood test to check your urate levels, liver, and kidney conditions.
Risks and Side Effects of Uloric
The most common side effect of the drug is actually an increase in the attacks of gout during the early stages of your treatment. This is common and does not mean that the medicine is not working. In fact, with time and regular use, the gout attacks normally go away.
A lot of people, however, do report suffering from minor to major side effects. The minor side effects are nothing to worry about and consist of the following.
- Skin rashes
Serious Side Effects of Uloric
Uloric becomes a life-threatening medicine if you experience serious side effects from using it. The FDA recognized increased risk of death from Uloric compared to other gout medicines. Before that, the drug manufacturer did not add sufficient warning of its major side effects but now the company is required to add a black box warning to Uloric’s label. Here are the serious side effects of the medicine.
- Heart attack
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Heart-related death
- Pulmonary embolism
The best way to take medicine is to get regular tests after a 6 month period. If you feel any symptoms related to the serious side effects mentioned above, discontinue the use and talk to a doctor immediately.
In most cases, the doctor will tell you to give yourself a break or recommend alternative medicine. But if you are already suffering from a side effect mentioned above, you are entitled to compensation. Arrange a meeting with an experienced lawyer to see what options you have.