Do I take the allopurinol plunge?

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    Michael F
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    Hi there.

    I’ve had gout attacks infrequently for about 20 years. Some have been mild, so it took a long time to diagnose, and my uric acid always came back as “high end of normal”. But some bad attacks were classic gout. I’ve changed my diet to mainly plant-based, and I’ve had one attack per year for the last three years. Most recent one was pretty bad, and the doc has strongly recommended the allopurinol.
    My most recent UA levels have been 490-510 micro mol/l, which is about 8.5 mg/dl.
    The only other thing I could try is to go teetotal. I don’t drink most days, will have maybe three glasses of wine a day over the weekend. Plus the occasional night out with work. I don’t drink spirits, and beer only very rarely.

    Any thoughts, folks?

    Thanks

    Michael

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    nobody
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    Hi! Everyone’s body works differently. And “mainly plant-based” could potentially be a terrible diet for gout. But realistically, with such test results and such a long history of gout, drugs are the way to go (assuming the gout diagnosis is correct). Going teetotal during the initial phase of treatment would still be prudent.

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