Benemid

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Benemid helps your body pass uric acid out through the urine, thereby lowering the levels of uric acid in the body.

Active Ingredient:
Probenecid

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General Info

What is Benemid?

Benemid helps your body pass uric acid out through the urine, which lowers the levels of uric acid in the body. Benemid is used to treat gout and gouty arthritis. This medicine is also sometimes given together with penicillin antibiotics to make them more effective.

How should I take Benemid?

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Drink plenty of water to prevent kidney stones while you are taking Benemid.

Benemid may be only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, other medications, and mineral supplements. Follow your doctor's instructions.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood or urine may need to be tested on a regular basis.

Store Benemid at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of Benemid.

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset.

Safety Information

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction:

  • hives
  • difficulty breathing
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • worsening gout symptoms
  • severe pain in your side or lower back
  • blood in your urine
  • swelling, especially in your face, stomach, ankles, or feet
  • pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness

Less serious side effects may include:

  • urinating more than usual
  • mild nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
  • headache, dizziness
  • sore gums
  • mild itching or skin rash
  • hair loss
  • warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.

When not to use?

Do not take Benemid if:

  • You are allergic to Probenecid or any of the drug's components.
  • You have uric acid stones (a type of kidney stones).
  • You experience a gout attack that has already started.
  • You have a blood cell disorder such as anemia.
  • You have a decreased white blood cells count.

Benemid should not be given to a child younger than 2 years old.

Warnings

Before taking Benemid, tell your doctor if you:

  • Have kidney disease.
  • Have a history of stomach ulcer.
  • Have ever had kidney stones.
  • Are pregnant.
  • Are nursing a baby.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take Benemid.

What other drugs will affect Benemid?

Inform your doctor if you are using:

  • lorazepam (Ativan)
  • methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall)
  • rifampin (Rifadin, Rifamate, Rimactane)
  • diabetes medication you take by mouth
  • an NSAID (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ketoprofen (Orudis, Oruvail), indomethacin (Indocin), meclofenamate (Meclomen), or naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)
  • salicylates such as aspirin, Novasal, Doan's Extra Strength, Salflex, Tricosal, and others
  • a sulfa drug such as Bactrim, Cotrim, Septra, SMX/TMP, and others

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with Benemid.

Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

F.A.Q.

Q: What is Benemid?

A: Benemid helps your body pass uric acid out through the urine, which lowers the levels of uric acid in the body. Benemid is used to treat gout and gouty arthritis. This medicine is also sometimes given together with penicillin antibiotics to make them more effective.

Q: How should I take Benemid?

A: Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Q: What happens if I miss a dose?

A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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