New research indicates that probenecid is almost 3 times better than allopurinol.

Benzbromarone is almost 4 times better. Please note that benzbromarone is restricted in many countries due to concerns about effects on the liver.

Allopurinol vs Probenecid Research

Medline abstract:

2008 Apr 23 [Epub ahead of print]

Efficacy and tolerability of urate lowering drugs in gout: a randomised controlled trial of benzbromarone versus probenecid after failure of allopurinol.

Reinders MK, van Roon EN, Jansen TL, Delsing J, Griep EN, Hoekstra M, van de Laar MA, Brouwers JR.

Department of Pharmacotherapy and Pharmaceutical Care, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands.

To investigate the efficacy and tolerability of allopurinol as first-choice uric acid lowering (antihyperuricemic) treatment for gout, and compare the efficacy and tolerability of benzbromarone and probenecid as second-choice treatment.
Prospective, multi-center, open-label, randomized controlled trial (RCT) of gout patients with normal kidney function.

Patients were given 300 mg allopurinol for 2 months (stage 1).

When allopurinol was not tolerated or failed to attain target serum urate concentrations (sUr)

Ninety-six patients were enrolled in stage 1.
Eighty-two patients (85%) were eligible for the analysis of stage 1:
  • Serum urate concentrations decreased 36[+/-11]% (mean[+/-SD]) from baseline;
  • Twenty patients (24%) attained target serum urate concentrations <=0.30 mmol/l;
  • Nine patients (11%) stopped allopurinol because of adverse drug reactions.

Sixty-two patients were enrolled in stage 2: 27 patients received benzbromarone (3 lost to follow-up) and 35 received probenecid (4 lost to follow-up).

With benzbromarone 22 out of 24 patients (92%) were treated successfully.

Treatment success with probenecid was 20 out of 31 patients (65%) (p=0.03 compared with benzbromarone). Compared with baseline values, serum urate concentrations decreased 64[+/-9]% applying benzbromarone and decreased 50[+/-7]% applying probenecid (p<0.001).

This study demonstrates a poor efficacy and tolerability profile of allopurinol 300 mg/day to attain a biochemical predefined target level of serum urate concentrations >=0.30 mmol/l after 2-months treatment.

In stage 2, benzbromarone 200 mg/day is more effective and better tolerated than probenecid 2000 mg/day.

( number ISRCTN21473387). PMID: 18250112 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

Allopurinol vs Probenecid vs Benzbromarone
Allopurinol vs Probenecid vs Benzbromarone

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