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If allopurinol is the only medicine you take, yes you should be taking another medicine.
You shouldn’t quit allopurinol. Typically, people take allopurinol their whole life. It takes care of the cause of gout but curing gout takes a long time.
In the meantime, there are many medicines that can help with the pain, swelling and so forth. The most common are a class of fast-acting anti-inflammatory drugs called NSAIDs which includes ibuprofen.
Gout attacks do not typically last this long but it is not unheard of.
When people start taking allopurinol especially, they often get frequent attacks. Frequent attacks could of course feel like a single attack of varying intensity if the location of the pain doesn’t change.
Finally, you didn’t ask about that but it would be prudent to get another blood test done if you haven’t had one since starting allopurinol. First, you need to make sure your body tolerates allopurinol well (typically, liver and kindney function are checked). Second, the efficacy of allopurinol should be verified because it varies between individuals (some people take a higher dose than you do while others take a smaller dose).