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F-Stat contains the active substance Febuxostat and is used to treat gout, which is associated with an excess of a chemical called uric acid (urate) in the body. In some people, the amount of uric acid builds up in the blood and may become too high to re main soluble. When this happens, urate crystals may form in and around the joints and kidneys. These crystals can cause sudden, severe pain, redness, warmth and swelling in a joint (known as a gout attack). Left untreated, larger deposits called tophi may form in and around joints. These tophi may cause joint and bone damage.
Febuxostat works by reducing uric acid levels. Keeping uric acid levels low by taking Febuxostat once every day stops crystals building up, and over time it reduces symptoms. Keeping uric acid levels sufficiently low for a long enough period can also shrink tophi.
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Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people) are:
-abnormal liver test results
-increase in gout symptoms
-localised swelling due to retention of fluids in tissues (oedema).