Allopurinol (Zyloprim, Lopurin or Aloprim) Used in combination with chemotherapy For the Treatment of Cancer
This drug is not chemotherapy, but it is often used in many different types of treatments to prevent uric acid from causing damage to the kidneys or gout. Uric acid is released in the blood stream when cancer cells break down.
How It Is Given
It is taken by mouth once daily with food. Drink a lot of fluids when you are taking this medicine.
Common Side Effects
- Skin rash
Less Common Side Effects
- Reduced blood counts may occur
Call Your Health Care Provider if
- Painful urination
- Blood in urine
- Eye irritation
- Swelling of mouth and/or lips
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Last Updated: 05/16/2012
Reproduced, with permission, from the 1989-2006 United State Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc. Printed in 3/2006 by the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, Department of Nursing, Madison, WI. UWH #5536
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