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Yes, I think everyone should get ALT and AST tested at least once after starting febuxostat.
The liver is of course a vital organ and it’s common enough for febuxostat to cause liver problems that preventing damage is well worth the cost of testing. Liver stress isn’t painful so it can get quite bad before you notice it. This is why people are told to be very careful with common painkillers using paracetamol: excessive doses or prolonged use can cause liver damage and by the time people realize they are getting seriously ill, sometimes it’s too late to save them.