Gout Medicine

Several different medicines for gout are used to treat this condition. Some are prescribed in order to relieve the symptoms of an acute attack, and others are used to help prevent attacks from occurring. The exact medication your healthcare provider recommends will depend on various factors, such as your medical history.
 
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), colchicine, and corticosteroids are among the gout medicines used to treat an acute attack. Some can start working within 48 hours. Examples of drugs used to prevent gout attacks from occurring include allopurinol, probenecid, and febuxostat.
 
Because medicines used to prevent gout attacks can actually make the symptoms of a current attack worse, healthcare providers do not combine these drugs with the products used to treat an attack. Instead, after the symptoms of a gout attack have been treated for a couple of months, medications used to prevent attacks will slowly be introduced.
 
(Click Gout Medications to learn more about how this condition is treated, how these medicines work, and possible side effects.)
 
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