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Gout Treatment Options

Gout Treatment Options

What is the best treatment option?

Treatment Option Cost Prescription Risks and Side Effects

Allopurinol

$$$$ Yes Preventative - decreases the production of uric acid in the body. Side effects of allopurinol include rashes, drowsiness, disorientation, and it can have adverse reactions with other medications, particularly blood thinners and diuretics. If you have another gout attack, your doctor may recommend that you stop the allopurinol temporarily since the drug can worsen such an attack.
Colchicine $$$$ Yes Anti-inflammatory - Colchicine may cause serious adverse side effects, especially if taken in high doses

Probenecid
Sulfinpyrazone

$$$$ Yes For people wth kidney issues - increases the excretion of uric acid, thus lowering the level left in the blood. But like other medications, they may cause adverse interactions with other drugs or complications with existing ailments such as blood disorders, ulcers, and kidney problems.
Natural Treatments $ No Several herbal remedies are available to help with gout symptoms. These products help reduce uric acids without the adverse risks and side effects known with common prescriptions.
Painkillers $$ Yes / No Will help with initial pain but will not help control the build-up of uric acids.

In many cases, prompt treatment solves the problem permanently. People with recurring gout attacks may have to remain on a treatment program to prevent these attacks, sometimes for life.

 


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