Myths & Facts
About Gout

Gout is a condition that affects roughly 8.3 million people in the United States. But surprisingly, it is often misunderstood. Here are some of the most common myths and facts about gout:



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Myth

Women don’t get gout.

Fact

Gout may be 10x more common in men, until women reach menopause—but both men and women alike can develop the condition.

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Myth

If I avoid high-purine foods and alcohol, I don't have to worry about gout.

Fact

Avoiding certain foods and beverages is a must, but diet alone may not be enough. Diet is not the main cause behind high uric acid. The bigger reason is the high uric acid your body makes, which includes both the over-production and under-elimination of uric acid.

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Myth

Gout flares always occur in the big toe.

Fact

The big toe is one of the most common parts of the body where a gout flare can occur. However, any joint in the body can be affected, including joints in the ankles, knees, hands, and feet.

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Myth

I heard King Henry the 8th had gout—isn’t it a disease of kings?

Fact

If only this were true. The fact is, anybody can get gout. With that said, it’s definitely more common in people who have other health conditions, like diabetes and high blood pressure. Genetics can also play a role.

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Myth

If I don’t have a flare, it means I no longer have gout.

Fact

Unfortunately, even if you are not actively experiencing a flare, it doesn’t mean your gout is gone. That’s because gout is a chronic condition for which there is no real cure.

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Myth

Eating cherries can cure gout.

Fact

Despite evidence that cherry juice can help reduce the number of flares, it is not a cure for gout.

Important Safety Information

DUZALLO can cause serious side effects, including:

Kidney Problems: Some people taking DUZALLO may have kidney problems, such as a sudden decrease in kidney function (acute kidney failure). Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys while you are taking DUZALLO.

Serious Skin Rash and Serious Allergic Reactions: Severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions and skin reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and exfoliative dermatitis, have been reported in some people taking allopurinol, one of the components of DUZALLO. Stop taking DUZALLO and get emergency medical help if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • skin rash; blistering of the skin, mouth, nose, and genitals
  • painful red or purple skin that looks burned and peels off
  • joint pain; swollen glands
  • red, painful, watery eyes; persistent itching; hives
  • fever

Do not take DUZALLO if you have severe kidney problems, have received a kidney transplant or are on dialysis, have a fast breakdown of cancer cells that can lead to high uric acid (tumor lysis syndrome), have a rare inherited condition that causes too much uric acid in the blood (Lesch-Nyhan syndrome), or had a skin rash or other allergic reaction after taking allopurinol.

Liver Problems: Liver problems can happen in people who take DUZALLO. Call your healthcare provider if you have any of the following symptoms: loss of appetite, weight loss, feeling very tired, nausea or vomiting, yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes, itching, dark or brown (tea-colored) urine, or pain on the upper right side of your stomach.

Heart Problems: People who take DUZALLO can have serious heart problems, including heart attack and stroke. It is not known that DUZALLO causes these problems.

Blood Problems: DUZALLO can affect your bone marrow and cause low red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. If your blood cell counts become very low, you can get infections or have bleeding problems. Taking DUZALLO with certain other medicines can increase your chance of having blood problems.

Drowsiness: DUZALLO can cause you to be drowsy. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how DUZALLO affects you.

The most common side effects of DUZALLO include headache, flu, higher levels of blood creatinine (a measure of kidney function), heartburn (acid reflux), skin rash, nausea, and diarrhea. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects of DUZALLO. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

What is DUZALLO?

DUZALLO is a prescription medicine that contains 2 medicines, a URAT1 inhibitor called lesinurad and a xanthine oxidase inhibitor called allopurinol. DUZALLO is used to lower uric acid levels in the blood in people with gout, when allopurinol alone has not worked well enough.

Please see Medication Guide and full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning.

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Important Safety Information

DUZALLO can cause serious side effects, including:

Kidney Problems: Some people taking DUZALLO may have kidney problems, such as a sudden decrease in kidney function (acute kidney failure). Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys while you are taking DUZALLO.