Can I use Allopurinol with and ACE inhibitor? Is it ok to take them together?
Allopurinol is a medication known as a Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitor. It is use to prevent gout, prevent certain types of kidney stones and treat side effects of certain types of cancer therapy. The most common side effects include rash, diarrhea and nausea. It needs to be used cautiously in those with low kidney function. In rare instances a serious allergic rash know as stevens-johnson syndrome can occur.
ACE Inhibitors are a family of medications typically used to treat high blood pressure. Common ACE Inhibitors include enalapril, lisinopril, captopril and ramipril. Common Side Effects include headache, low blood pressure, cough and fatigue.
Allopurinol can be taken with ACE Inhibitors however there is a potential for increased side effects of the allopurinol. If your doctor determines the use of both medications is the best therapy, one just needs watch for the potential side effects listed above. Many people have used the two medications together without incident.
As with all medications, people should be mindful of potential side effects. Please contact a healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing side effects.