Gout is a common inflammatory arthritis affecting over 8 million people in the United States alone. There are varying treatments for it, but one, in particular, gets vilified. The gout medication, allopurinol has a bad reputation for increasing the risk of chronic kidney disease. Is this warranted? A new study suggests, no.

Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine reviewed health data from gout patients. They compared 4,000 patients who were on allopurinol to a control group who were not on the medication. They found that 12.2 percent of allopurinol patients developed chronic kidney disease compared to 13.1 percent of non-users over a five-year period.

The data suggests that there is no link between using the medicine and having an increased risk of developing kidney disease. It could be the opposite, but more research will need to be done before declaring anything definitive. Overall, it should be safe to seek treatment for gout.

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Source: Boston University School of Medicine, news release, Oct. 8, 2018

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