The surprise benefit of gout medication

Older patients on allopurinol have a lower risk of stroke, and the longer they take the medication, the greater the protection, researchers have found.

Risk of stroke was reduced by 12% in over 65s who took allopurinol for between six months and two years, and by 21% after two years of medication.

Overall, the chances of having a stroke was around 10% lower in patients taking allopurinol compared