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GOUT MEDICATIONS
A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK
AT GOUT MEDICATIONS
If you suffer from gout then there are
two ways your doctor can treat your
gout with medication.
• First there the preventive gout medication, those that
you take daily to keep uric acid levels normal.
• Then there’s medication that help you during gout
attacks, when you are most in pain, discomfort and
wanting relief.
The medication your doctor
recommends will be based on
your present health status and
your personal preferences. Most
likely your doctor will combine a
short term and long term option
for ideal results. Gout medications
are divided into either short-term
or long-term.
SHORT TERM GOUT MEDICATION
Short-term medication will treat your
gout attack providing you with pain relief
and reduced inflammation on the affected
joint. At the same time it can prevent
from another attack taking place.
Short-term gout medications
include the following:
COLCHICINE
The most effective pain relief drug designed to block
inflammation and reduce swelling caused by the uric
acid crystals lodged in your joint(s).
Low doses of colchicine are usually well tolerated but
higher doses can lead to some side effects like nausea,
vomiting and diarrhea.
NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS (NSAIDS)
NSAIDs will reduce pain and swelling by blocking the
enzymes and proteins involved in the inflammatory
process. They’re available over the counter (Motrin, Advil
and Aleve) at your local pharmacy.
CORTICOSTEROIDS
If you are unable to tolerate NSAIDs or colchicine then
this is your final option. Corticosteroids will help reduce
pain and swelling from inflammation providing almost
immediate relief from gout symptoms. If you’re a
diabetic, you may experience changes in your blood
sugar levels when taking corticosteroids.
LONG-TERM GOUT MEDICATIONS
They’re only prescribed after you’ve completed
some blood work and it has been confirmed that
you suffer from hyperuricemia and/or high uric
acid levels.
It should be noted to not take any of these
medications while suffering from a gout attack.
Taking any of these medications while suffering
from a gout attack can worsen your condition.
Long-term gout medications
include the following:
ALLOPURINOL
Typically considered the holy grail of gout drugs,
allopurinol is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor which
means that it inhibits the activity of xanthine oxidase,
an enzyme involved when your body metabolizes
purines thus reducing the production of uric acid.
It can take up to six months to take effect in some
patients. So you may experience some flare-ups
during this period.
FEBUXOSTAT
It functions the same way as allopurinol by decreasing
uric acid levels in the blood. It is metabolized by the
liver, so it’s considered safe for those suffering from
kidney disease.
PROBENECID
It is mostly prescribed to gout sufferers whose kidneys
don’t properly excrete uric acid so probenecid can
help them increase excretion.
LESINURAD
It’s often being used in combination with allopurinol
to treat gout in those patients that can’t achieve their
uric acid targets will only allopurinol.
PEGLOTICASE
It is a medication for about 3% of the gout population
who are intolerant to all other gout medication
options. It is administered via intravenous infusion
every two weeks and is considered a last resort
option. It goes by the brand name Krystexxa.
FIND OUT MORE
LEARN MORE ABOUT GOUT
MEDICATIONS
CLICK HERE

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Gout Medications

  • 1. GOUT MEDICATIONS A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT GOUT MEDICATIONS
  • 2. If you suffer from gout then there are two ways your doctor can treat your gout with medication. • First there the preventive gout medication, those that you take daily to keep uric acid levels normal. • Then there’s medication that help you during gout attacks, when you are most in pain, discomfort and wanting relief.
  • 3. The medication your doctor recommends will be based on your present health status and your personal preferences. Most likely your doctor will combine a short term and long term option for ideal results. Gout medications are divided into either short-term or long-term.
  • 4. SHORT TERM GOUT MEDICATION Short-term medication will treat your gout attack providing you with pain relief and reduced inflammation on the affected joint. At the same time it can prevent from another attack taking place.
  • 5. Short-term gout medications include the following: COLCHICINE The most effective pain relief drug designed to block inflammation and reduce swelling caused by the uric acid crystals lodged in your joint(s). Low doses of colchicine are usually well tolerated but higher doses can lead to some side effects like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • 6. NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS (NSAIDS) NSAIDs will reduce pain and swelling by blocking the enzymes and proteins involved in the inflammatory process. They’re available over the counter (Motrin, Advil and Aleve) at your local pharmacy. CORTICOSTEROIDS If you are unable to tolerate NSAIDs or colchicine then this is your final option. Corticosteroids will help reduce pain and swelling from inflammation providing almost immediate relief from gout symptoms. If you’re a diabetic, you may experience changes in your blood sugar levels when taking corticosteroids.
  • 7. LONG-TERM GOUT MEDICATIONS They’re only prescribed after you’ve completed some blood work and it has been confirmed that you suffer from hyperuricemia and/or high uric acid levels. It should be noted to not take any of these medications while suffering from a gout attack. Taking any of these medications while suffering from a gout attack can worsen your condition.
  • 8. Long-term gout medications include the following: ALLOPURINOL Typically considered the holy grail of gout drugs, allopurinol is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor which means that it inhibits the activity of xanthine oxidase, an enzyme involved when your body metabolizes purines thus reducing the production of uric acid. It can take up to six months to take effect in some patients. So you may experience some flare-ups during this period.
  • 9. FEBUXOSTAT It functions the same way as allopurinol by decreasing uric acid levels in the blood. It is metabolized by the liver, so it’s considered safe for those suffering from kidney disease. PROBENECID It is mostly prescribed to gout sufferers whose kidneys don’t properly excrete uric acid so probenecid can help them increase excretion.
  • 10. LESINURAD It’s often being used in combination with allopurinol to treat gout in those patients that can’t achieve their uric acid targets will only allopurinol. PEGLOTICASE It is a medication for about 3% of the gout population who are intolerant to all other gout medication options. It is administered via intravenous infusion every two weeks and is considered a last resort option. It goes by the brand name Krystexxa.
  • 11. FIND OUT MORE LEARN MORE ABOUT GOUT MEDICATIONS CLICK HERE