I take 300 mg of allopurinol a day. i have battled it on and off for years. As others have said, red meat, alcohol, fried foods, fish, shell fish can and will trigger it. The cherry thing works and helps some but when mine flairs up bad I get a prednisone shot to knock it out quick. It sucks and no one believes just the weight from a sheet hurts. Good luck PM me with any questions..