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1. Name of the medicinal product

Allopurinol 300mg Tablets

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each Tablet contains 300mg of Allopurinol

For a full list of excipients, see section 6.1

3. Pharmaceutical form


White circular biconvex tablet with “300” on one face and plain on the reverse.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

As a xanthine oxidase inhibitor in the management of conditions of excess body urate, including gout, neoplastic disease and associated treatment, enzyme disorders such as the Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, renal calculi, renal failure, diuretic therapy and psoriasis.

In the prophylaxis and treatment of calcium renal lithiasis in patients with raised serum or urinary uric acid.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Dosage in Adults: Allopurinol should be introduced at low dosage e.g. 100mg/day to reduce the risk of adverse reactions and increased only if the serum urate response is unsatisfactory. Extra caution should be exercised if renal function is poor (see Dosage in renal impairment). The following dosage schedules are suggested:

100 to 200 mg daily in mild conditions,

300 to 600 mg daily in moderately severe conditions,

700 to 900 mg daily in severe conditions.

If dosage on a mg/kg bodyweight basis is required, 2 to 10 mg/kg bodyweight/day should be used.

Dosage in children: Children under 15 years: 10 to 20 mg/kg bodyweight/day up to a maximum of 400 mg daily. Use in children is rarely indicated, except in malignant conditions (especially leukaemia) and certain enzyme disorders such as Lesch-Nyhan syndrome.

Dosage in the elderly: In the absence of specific data, the lowest dosage which produces satisfactory urate reduction should be used. Particular attention should be paid to advice in Dosage in renal impairment and Precautions and Warnings.

Dosage in renal impairment: Since allopurinol and its metabolites are excreted by the kidney, impaired renal function may lead to retention of the drug and/or its metabolites with consequent prolongation of plasma half-lives. In severe renal insufficiency, it may be advisable to use less than 100 mg per day or to use single doses of 100mg at longer intervals than one day (alternate days).

If facilities are available to monitor plasma oxipurinol concentrations, the dose should be adjusted to maintain plasma oxipurinol levels below 100 micromol/litre (15.2 mg/litre).

Allopurinol and its metabolites are removed by renal dialysis. If dialysis is required two to three times a week consideration should be given to an alternative dosage schedule of 300-400 mg Allopurinol immediately after each dialysis with none in the interim.

Dosage in hepatic impairment: Reduced doses should be used in patients with hepatic impairment. Periodic liver function tests are recommended during the early stages of therapy.

Treatment of high urate turnover conditions, e.g. neoplasia, Lesch-Nyhan syndrome: It is advisable to correct existing hyperuricaemia and/or hyperuricosuria with Allopurinol before starting cytotoxic therapy. It is important to ensure adequate hydration to maintain optimum diuresis and to attempt alkalinisation of urine to increase solubility of urinary urate/uric acid. Dosage of Allopurinol should be at the lower end of the recommended dosage schedule.

If urate nephropathy or other pathology has compromised renal function, the advice given in Dosage in renal impairment should be followed.

These steps may reduce the risk of xanthine and/or oxipurinol deposition complicating the clinical situation. See also Drug Interactions and Adverse Reactions.

Monitoring Advice: The dosage should be adjusted by monitoring serum urate concentrations and urinary urate/uric acid levels at appropriate intervals.

Instructions for Use: Allopurinol may be taken orally once a day after a meal. It is well tolerated, especially after food. Should the daily dosage exceed 300 mg and gastrointestinal intolerance be manifested, a divided doses regimen may be appropriate.

4.3 Contraindications

• Allopurinol should not be administered to individuals known to be hypersensitive to allopurinol or to any of the components of the formulation.

• Not a treatment for acute gout but continue if attack develops when already receiving allopurinol and treat attack separately

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Hypersensitivity syndrome, SJS and TEN

Allopurinol should be withdrawn IMMEDIATELY when a skin rash or other evidence of sensitivity occurs as this could result in more serious hypersensitivity reactions, which can manifest in many different ways, including maculopapular exanthema, hypersensitivity syndrome (also known as DRESS) and SJS/TEN.

These reactions are clinical diagnoses, and their clinical presentations remain the basis for decision making. If such reactions occur at any time during treatment, allopurinol should be withdrawn immediately. Rechallenge should not be undertaken in patients with hypersensitivity syndrome and SJS/TEN. Corticosteroids may be beneficial in overcoming hypersensitivity skin reactions. (see Adverse Reactions - Immune system disorders and Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders).

Chronic renal impairment

Patients with chronic renal impairment may be at increased risk of developing hypersensitivity reactions including SJS/TEN associated with allopurinol. Extra vigilance for the signs of hypersensitivity syndrome or SJS/TEN is required and the patient should be informed of the need to stop treatment immediately and permanently at the first appearance of symptoms (see section 4.8).

HLA-B*5801 allele

The HLA-B*5801 allele has been shown to be associated with the risk of developing allopurinol related hypersensitivity syndrome and SJS/TEN. The frequency of the HLA-B*5801 allele varies widely between ethnic populations: up to 20% in Han Chinese population, about 12% in the Korean population and 1-2% in individuals of Japanese or European origin. The use of genotyping as a screening tool to make decisions about treatment with allopurinol has not been established. If the patient is a known carrier of HLA-B*5801, the use of allopurinol may be considered if the benefits are thought to exceed risks. Extra vigilance for signs of hypersensitivity syndrome or SJS/TEN is required and the patient should be informed of the need to stop treatment immediately at the first appearance of symptoms (see section 4.8)

Hepatic or renal impairment

Reduced doses should be used in patients with hepatic or renal impairment. Patients under treatment for hypertension or cardiac insufficiency, for example with diuretics or ACE inhibitors, may have some concomitant impairment of renal function and allopurinol should be used with care in this group.

Asymptomatic hyperuricaemia per se is generally not considered an indication for use of allopurinol. Fluid and dietary modification with management of the underlying cause may correct the condition.

Acute gouty attacks:

Allopurinol treatment should not be started until an acute attack of gout has completely subsided, as further attacks may be precipitated.

In the early stages of treatment with allopurinol, as with uricosuric agents, an acute attack of gouty arthritis may be precipitated. Therefore it is advisable to give prophylaxis with a suitable anti-inflammatory agent (not aspirin or salicylates) or colchicine for at least one month after hyperuricaemia corrected. The literature should be consulted for details of appropriate dosage and precautions and warnings.

Ensure adequate fluid intake (2-3 litres/day) is maintained. For hyperuricaemia associated with cancer therapy, allopurinol treatment should be started before the commencement of cancer therapy. Allopurinol should be withdrawn immediately when a skin rash or other evidence of sensitivity occurs.

If acute attacks develop in patients receiving allopurinol, treatment should continue at the same dosage while the acute attack is treated with a suitable anti-inflammatory agent.

Xanthine deposition:

In conditions where the rate of urate formation is greatly increased (e.g. malignant disease and its treatment, Lesch-Nyhan syndrome) the absolute concentration of xanthine in urine could, in rare cases, rise sufficiently to allow deposition in the urinary tract. This risk may be minimised by adequate hydration to achieve optimal urine dilution.

Impaction of uric acid renal stones:

Adequate therapy with allopurinol will lead to dissolution of large uric acid renal pelvic stones, with the remote possibility of impaction in the ureter.

Lactose intolerance:

Allopurinol tablets contain lactose and therefore should not be administered to patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactose deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

6 -Mercaptopurine and Azathioprine:

Azathioprine is metabolised to 6-mercaptopurine which is inactivated by the action of xanthine oxidase. When 6-mercaptopurine or azathioprine is given concurrently with allopurinol, only one-quarter of the usual dose of 6- mercaptopurine or azathioprine should be given because inhibition of xanthine oxidase will prolong their activity.

Vidarabine (Adenine Arabinoside): Evidence suggests that the plasma half-life of vidarabine is increased in the presence of allopurinol. When the two products are used concomitantly extra vigilance is necessary, to recognise enhanced toxic effects.

Capecitabine: Avoidance of allopurinol advised by the manufacturer of Capecitabine.

Diuretics, Thiazide and related products: Allopurinol given with thiazides and related diuretics especially in renal impairment.

Salicylates and uricosuric agents: oxipurinol, the major metabolite of allopurinol and itself therapeutically active, is excreted by the kidney in a similar way to urate. Hence, drugs with uricosuric activity such as probenecid or large doses of salicylate may accelerate the excretion of oxipurinol. This may decrease the therapeutic activity of allopurinol, but the significance needs to be assessed in each case.

Chlorpropamide: If allopurinol is given concomitantly with chlorpropamide when renal function is poor, there may be an increased risk of prolonged hypoglycaemic activity because allopurinol and chlorpropamide may compete for excretion in the renal tubule.

Captopril: increased risk of toxicity when allopurinol given with captopril especially in renal failure.

Coumarin anticoagulants:

There have been rare reports of increased effect of warfarin and other coumarin anticoagulants when co-administered with allopurinol, therefore, all patients receiving anticoagulants must be carefully monitored.

Phenytoin: Allopurinol may inhibit hepatic oxidation of phenytoin but the clinical significance has not been demonstrated.

Theophylline: Inhibition of the metabolism of theophylline has been reported. The mechanism of the interaction may be explained by xanthine oxidase being involved in the biotransformation of theophylline in man. Theophylline levels should be monitored in patients starting or increasing allopurinol therapy.

Ampicillin/Amoxicillin: An increase in frequency of skin rash has been reported among patients receiving ampicillin or amoxicillin concurrently with allopurinol compared to patients who are not receiving both drugs. The cause of the reported association has not been established. However, it is recommended that in patients receiving allopurinol an alternative to ampicillin or amoxicillin is used where available.

Cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, bleomycin, procarbazine, mechloroethamine: Enhanced bone marrow suppression by cyclophosphamide and other cytotoxic agents has been reported among patients with neoplastic disease (other than leukaemia), in the presence of allopurinol. However, in a well-controlled study of patients treated with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, bleomycin, procarbazine and/or echloroethamine (chlormethine hydrochloride) allopurinol did not appear to increase the toxic reaction of these cytotoxic agents.

Ciclosporin: Reports suggest that the plasma concentration of ciclosporin may be increased during concomitant treatment with allopurinol. The possibility of enhanced ciclosporin toxicity should be considered if the drugs are co- administered.

Didanosine: In healthy volunteers and HIV patients receiving didanosine, plasma didanosine Cmax and AUC values were approximately doubled with concomitant allopurinol treatment (300 mg daily) without affecting terminal half life. Co-administration of these 2 drugs is generally not recommended. If concomitant use is unavoidable, a dose reduction of didanosine may be required, and patients should be closely monitored.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

There is inadequate evidence of safety of Zyloric in human pregnancy, although it has been in wide use for many years without apparent ill consequence.

Use in pregnancy only when there is no safer alternative and when the disease itself carries risk for the mother or unborn child.

Reports indicate that allopurinol and oxipurinol are excreted in human breast milk. Concentrations of 1.4mg/litre allopurinol and 53.7 mg/litre oxipurinol have been demonstrated in breast milk from woman taking Allopurinol 300 mg/day. However, there are no data concerning the effects of allopurinol or its metabolites on the breast-fed baby.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Since adverse reactions such as somnolence, vertigo and ataxia have been reported in patients receiving allopurinol, patients should exercise caution before driving, using machinery or participating in dangerous activities until they are reasonably certain that allopurinol does not adversely affect performance.

4.8 Undesirable effects

For this product there is no modern clinical documentation which can be used as support for determining the frequency of undesirable effects.

Undesirable effects may vary in their incidence depending on the dose received and also when given in combination with other therapeutic agents.

The frequency categories assigned to the adverse drug reactions below are estimates: for most reactions, suitable data for calculating incidence are not available. Adverse drug reactions identified through post-marketing surveillance were considered to be rare or very rare. The following convention has been used for the classification of frequency:

Very common ≥ 1/10 (≥10%)

Common ≥ 1/100 and <1/10 (≥ 1% and <10%)

Uncommon ≥1/1000 and <1/100 (≥ 0.1% and <1%)

Rare ≥1/10,000 and <1/1000 (≥0.01% and <0.1%)

Very rare <1/10,000 (<0.01%)

Adverse reactions in association with allopurinol are rare in the overall treated population and mostly of a minor nature. The incidence is higher in the presence of renal and/or hepatic disorder.

System Organ Class


Adverse reaction

Infections and infestations

Very rare


Blood and lymphatic system disorders

Very rare

Agranulocytosis, aplastic anaemia, thrombocytopenia, leucopenia and haemolytic anaemia.

Immune system disorders


Hypersensitivity reactions

Very rare

Angioimmunoblastic lymphadenopathy

Metabolism and nutrition disorders

Very rare

Diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidaemia

Psychiatric disorders

Very rare


Nervous system disorders

Very rare

Coma, paralysis, ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, paraesthesiae, somnolence, headache, taste perversion

Eye disorders

Very rare

Cataract, visual disorder, macular changes

Ear and labyrinth disorders

Very rare


Cardiac disorders

Very rare

Angina, bradycardia

Vascular disorders

Very rare


Gastrointestinal disorders


Vomiting, nausea

Very rare

Recurrent haematemesis, steatorrhoea, stomatitis, changed bowel habit

Hepatobiliary disorders


Asymptomatic increases in liver function tests


Hepatitis (including hepatic necrosis and granulomatous hepatitis)

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders




Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis

Very rare

Angioedema, fixed drug eruption, alopecia, discoloured hair

Renal and urinary disorders

Very rare

Haematuria, uraemia

Reproductive system and breast disorders

Very rare

Male infertility, erectile dysfunction, gynaecomastia

General disorders and administration site conditions

Very rare

Oedema, general malaise, asthenia, fever

1. Very rare reports have been received of thrombocytopenia, agranulocytosis and aplastic anaemia, particularly in individuals with impaired renal and/or hepatic function, reinforcing the need for particular care in this group of patients.

2. Serious hypersensitivity reactions, including skin reactions associated with exfoliation, fever, lymphadenopathy, arthralgia and/or eosinophilia including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis occur rarely (see Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders). Associated vasculitis and tissue response may be manifested in various ways including hepato-splenomegaly, hepatitis, vanishing bile duct syndrome (destruction and disappearance of the intrahepatic bile ducts), renal impairment and, very rarely, seizures. Other organs may also be affected (e.g. liver, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, myocardium, and colon).Very rarely acute anaphylactic shock has been reported. If such reactions do occur, it may be at any time during treatment. Allopurinol should be withdrawn IMMEDIATELY AND PERMANENTLY.

Rechallenge should not be undertaken in patients with hypersensitivity syndrome and SJS/TEN. Corticosteroids may be beneficial in overcoming hypersensitivity skin reactions. When generalised hypersensitivity reactions have occurred, renal and/or hepatic disorder has usually been present particularly when the outcome has been fatal. fatal (see section 4.4). Corticosteroids may be beneficial in overcoming hypersensitivity skin reactions.

3. Angioimmunoblastic lymphadenopathy has been described very rarely following biopsy of a generalised lymphadenopathy. It appears to be reversible on withdrawal of Allopurinol.

4. In early clinical studies, nausea and vomiting were reported. Further reports suggest that this reaction is not a significant problem and can be avoided by taking allopurinol after meals.

5. Hepatic dysfunction has been reported without overt evidence of more generalised hypersensitivity.

6. Skin reactions are the most common reactions and may occur at any time during treatment. They may be pruritic, maculopapular, sometimes scaly, sometimes purpuric and rarely exfoliative, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis (SJS/TEN). The highest risk for SJS and TEN, or other serious hypersensitivity reactions, is within the first weeks of treatment. The best results in managing such reactions come from early diagnosis and immediate discontinuation of any suspect drug. Allopurinol should be withdrawn immediately should such reactions occur. After recovery from mild reactions, allopurinol may, if desired, be re-introduced at a small dose (e.g. 50 mg/day) and gradually increased. If the rash recurs, allopurinol should be permanently withdrawn as more severe hypersensitivity may occur (see Immune system disorders). If SJS/TEN, or other serious hypersensitivity reactions cannot be ruled out, DO NOT re-introduce allopurinol due to the potential for a severe or even fatal reaction. The clinical diagnosis of SJS/TEN remains the basis for decision making. If such reactions occur at any time during treatment, allopurinol should be withdrawn immediately and permanently.

7. Angioedema has been reported to occur with and without signs and symptoms of a more generalised hypersensitivity reaction.

8. Fever has been reported to occur with and without signs and symptoms of a more generalised allopurinol hypersensitivity reaction (see Immune system disorders).

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions:

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at:

4.9 Overdose

Ingestion of up to 22.5g of allopurinol without adverse effect has been reported. Symptoms and signs include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and dizziness have been reported in a patient who ingested 20 g allopurinol. Recovery followed general supportive measures. Massive absorption of allopurinol may lead to considerable inhibition of xanthine oxidase activity, which should have no untoward effects unless affecting concomitant medication, especially with mercaptopurine, adenine arabinoside and/or azathioprine. Adequate hydration to maintain optimum diuresis facilitates excretion of allopurinol and its metabolites. If considered necessary haemodialysis may be used.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Allopurinol is a xanthine-oxidase inhibitor. Allopurinol and its main metabolite oxipurinol lower the level of uric acid in plasma and urine by inhibition of xanthine oxidase, the enzyme catalyzing the oxidation of hypoxanthine to xanthine and xanthine to uric acid. In addition to the inhibition of purine catabolism in some but not all hyperuricaemic patients, de novo purine biosynthesis is depressed via feedback inhibition of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase. Other metabolites of allopurinol include allopurinol-riboside and oxipurinol-7 riboside.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties


Allopurinol is active when given orally and is rapidly absorbed from the upper gastrointestinal tract. Studies have detected allopurinol in the blood 30-60 minutes after dosing. Estimates of bioavailability vary from 67% to 90%. Peak plasma levels of allopurinol generally occur approximately 1.5 hours after oral administration of allopurinol, but fall rapidly and are barely detectable after 6 hours. Peak levels of oxipurinol generally occur after 3-5 hours after oral administration of allopurinol and are much more sustained.


Allopurinol is negligibly bound by plasma proteins and therefore variations in protein binding are not thought to significantly alter clearance. The apparent volume of distribution of allopurinol is approximately 1.6 litre/kg which suggests relatively extensive uptake by tissues. Tissue concentrations of allopurinol have not been reported in humans, but it is likely that allopurinol and oxipurinol will be present in the highest concentrations in the liver and intestinal mucosa where xanthine oxidase activity is high.


The main metabolite of allopurinol is oxipurinol.


Approximately 20% of the ingested allopurinol is excreted in the faeces. Elimination of allopurinol is mainly by metabolic conversion to oxipurinol by xanthine oxidase and aldehyde oxidase, with less than 10% of the unchanged drug excreted in the urine. Allopurinol has a plasma half-life of about 0.5 to 1.5 hours.

Oxipurinol is a less potent inhibitor of xanthine oxidase than allopurinol, but the plasma half-life of oxipurinol is far more prolonged. Estimates range from 13 to 30 hours in man. Therefore effective inhibition of xanthine oxidase is maintained over a 24 hour period with a single daily dose of Allopurinol. Patients with normal renal function will gradually accumulate oxipurinol until a steady-state plasma oxipurinol concentration is reached. Such patients, taking 300 mg of allopurinol per day will generally have plasma oxipurinol concentrations of 5-10 mg/litre.

Oxipurinol is eliminated unchanged in the urine but has a long elimination half-life because it undergoes tubular reabsorption. Reported values for the elimination half-life range from 13.6 hours to 29 hours. The large discrepancies in these values may be accounted for by variations in study design and/or creatinine clearance in the patients.

Pharmacokinetics in patients with renal impairment.

Allopurinol and oxipurinol clearance is greatly reduced in patients with poor renal function resulting in higher plasma levels in chronic therapy. Patients with renal impairment, where creatinine clearance values were between 10 and 20ml/min, showed plasma oxipurinol concentrations of approximately 30mg/litre after prolonged treatment with 300 mg allopurinol per day. This is approximately the concentration which would be achieved by doses of 600 mg/day in those with normal renal function. A reduction in the dose of Allopurinol is therefore required in patients with renal impairment.

Pharmacokinetics in elderly patients.

The kinetics of the drug are not likely to be altered other than due to deterioration in renal function (see Pharmacokinetics in patients with renal impairment).

5.3 Preclinical safety data

A. Mutagenicity

Cytogenetic studies show that allopurinol does not induce chromosome aberrations in human blood cells in vitro at concentrations up to 100 micrograms/ml and in vivo at doses up to 600 mg/day for mean period of 40 months. Allopurinol does not produce nitraso compounds in vitro or affect lymphocyte transformation in vitro. Evidence from biochemical and other cytological investigations strongly suggests that allopurinol has no deleterious effects on DNA at any stage of the cell cycle and is not mutagenic.

B. Carcinogenicity

No evidence of carcinogenicity has been found in mice and rats treated with allopurinol for up to 2 years.

C. Teratogenicity

One study in mice receiving intraperitoneal doses of 50 or 100 mg/kg on days 10 or 13 of gestation resulted in foetal abnormalities, however in a similar study in rats at 120 mg/kg on day 12 of gestation no abnormalities were observed. Extensive studies of high oral doses of allopurinol in mice up to 100 mg/kg/day, rats up to 200 mg/kg/day and rabbits up to 150 mg/kg/day during days 8 to 16 of gestation produced no teratogenic effects.

An in vitro study using foetal mouse salivary glands in culture to detect embryotoxicity indicated that allopurinol would not be expected to cause embryotoxicity without also causing maternal toxicity.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Lactose, maize starch, povidone, crospovidone, magnesium stearate.

6.2 Incompatibilities

None known.

6.3 Shelf life





36 months.

36 months

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Containers: Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original container.

Blister packs: Store in the original package.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Polypropylene tablet containers closed with low density polyethylene tamper-evident lids and containing either 28,100, 500 or 1000 tablets.

Al/PVC Blisters of 7, 14 and 28 tablets

Pack size: 28 tablets


Al/PVDC coated PVC Blisters of 7, 14 and 28 tablets

Pack size: 28 tablets

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Not applicable

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Special Concept Development (UK) Limited,

Unit 1-7 Colonial Way,

Watford, Hertfordshire,

WD24 4YR

United Kingdom.

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 36722/0035

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

13 January 2003

10. Date of revision of the text