Thanks for your question.
It does not seem that the allopurinol is responsible for the lingering gout symptoms.
Gout is persisting probably because of increased uric acid production as you have had to increase the allopurinol dose to keep levels under control.
At this stage you should consider and discuss starting colchicine with your doctor to control the lingering gout.
Plenty of water intake ill help but would not be able to solve your problem.
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No it does not mean that the increased dose of allopurinol caused the acute flair.
It only means that uric acid levels were not getting controlled by lower dose of allopurinol probably because of increased production of uric acid in your body.To counter these increased levels you had to increase the dose of allopurinol.
I would repeat that " At this stage you should consider and discuss starting colchicine with your doctor to control the lingering gout."
Thanks for writing back.
Right treatment should help abort the lingering swelling you have.Most patients do well with correct treatment.