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    Default Gout and Availability of Medicines in Santiago

    Myself and other dr1 posters that I have communicated with, to put it mildly, suffer from Gout.
    Anyone that suffers from Gout understands the severity of this malady.
    Once a Gout attack starts, it can cripple you for days or even weeks at a time.
    The last time I was in the States, I returned with a large supply of Allopurinal 300MG pills, which are now close to being depleted
    Allopurinal daily with large amounts of water gave me the best results to date. I have tried different concoctions to no avail.
    I have to stock up again, but, some of my Dominican friends have informed me that a substantial amount of RX drugs sold here could be counterfeit.

    1. From your personal experiences, what Drugstores in Santiago, preferably area of (Calle Del Sol or El Monumento) have you had dealings with and never had problems with your purchases.
    2. If you suffer from Gout, what different medications have you tried and have had success with.

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    Colchine and Indomethacin. BTW, Gout sucks with capital letters, runs in the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishing you well View Post
    Colchine and Indomethacin. BTW, Gout sucks with capital letters, runs in the family.
    I keep a supply of Colchicine on hand at all times, .05 mil, when the attack starts, 3 at once, it does help a little......
    Will now research Indomethacin......

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    A lot of studies recommend a double dose of Colchicine @ onset, then one more single dose, in combination with Allopurinol therapy. I take Allopurinol 100 mg BID, only had one sore toe in my life, but have issues with Uric Acid building up.

    Cherries are supposed to help, but I believe this is a myth, I enjoy cherry concentrate & seltzer, a healthy drink. You may be able to find cherry concentrate @ a GNC type of store. It can't hurt, and you can add Vodka to it!
    Last edited by Tamborista; 11-22-2015 at 07:45 PM. Reason: Added Vodka!

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    100 mg is a small dose, it sounds like you have a mild case, you're lucky, watch watch watch your diet.
    Have done the cherry juice route from GNC in the states, on a regular basis, extremely expensive.
    A gallon or more of water a day helps a lot with my 300 mg daily.
    I cannot afford to end up with counterfeit Allopurinol here, it would be disastrous......

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    Quote Originally Posted by waytogo View Post
    100 mg is a small dose, it sounds like you have a mild case, you're lucky, watch watch watch your diet.
    Have done the cherry juice route from GNC in the states, on a regular basis, extremely expensive.
    A gallon or more of water a day helps a lot with my 300 mg daily.
    I cannot afford to end up with counterfeit Allopurinol here, it would be disastrous......
    I take 2 a day (BID), yes mild case, but had bad Uric Acid stones, so I take this crap to keep Uric Acid level below 5.0.
    I also take Urocit 15 MEQ TID for pH regulation.

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    the medicine that is most likely to be counterfeit in DR is the one that is most popular and most frequently sold. the top of the list is always occupied by various erectile dysfunction pills, then acetaminophen, diclofenac and hypertension meds. allopurinol is widely available but is not sold so frequently to appear on the counterfeiters' radar.

    generally speaking a large pharmacy is more trustworthy. they buy larger quantities of medicine so they get better prices/offers and may be not be tempted to purchase something under the table. alternatively you can ask your doctor to put you in touch with a rep selling allopurinol. some of them will sell several boxes to individual clients.

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    How about hospital pharmacies, they usually have a large range of medications

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamili View Post
    How about hospital pharmacies, they usually have a large range of medications
    Actually, that is an excellent idea.......

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    i was about to suggest it too although i personally only go to clinica union but i never purchased anything in their pharmacy. but here in POP a pharmacy in bournigal is one of the best in town.

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