Treatment for gout usually involves medications
Gout medications can be used to treat acute attacks and prevent future attacks. Drugs used to treat acute attacks and prevent future attacks include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Your doctor may prescribe a higher dose to stop an acute attack, followed by a lower daily dose to prevent future attacks. NSAIDs carry risks of stomach pain, bleeding and ulcers.
- Colchicine. Your doctor may recommend colchicine, a type of pain reliever that effectively reduces gout pain. The drug's effectiveness may be offset, however, by side effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, especially if taken in large doses.
- Corticosteroids. Corticosteroid medications may control gout inflammation and pain. But corticosteroids are generally used only in people with gout who can't take either NSAIDs or colchicine. Side effects may include mood changes, increased blood sugar levels and elevated blood pressure.
What medications you and your doctor choose will be based on your current health and your own preferences.
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