Allopurinol for angina?

Looks like allopurinol, an old drug used in the prevention of gout, may be in fact useful for stable angina, as this study from Scotland suggests. 

Although small, the 65 patient cross over trial suggests that exercise time and time to angina are significantly increased in patient’s taking allopurinol, with the mechanism suggested as reduced myocardial oxygen consumption. 

For a drug with a proven safety profile (at least in doses used for gout), and that is relatively inexpensive, it could prove to be an excellent adjunct to currently available anti-anginal therapies. 

Read all about it here


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