Gout Pain Relief

Gout is a condition caused by an excess of uric acid in the blood. This excess often causes crystals to form in the joints, which causes pain. Relief of a gout attack, therefore, is one of the primary goals of treatment. Once the symptoms of an acute attack are under control, the next stage of treatment is aimed at preventing future attacks from occurring.
 
The types of medications used to relieve the pain of gout include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and colchicine. In fact, colchicine, which comes from the autumn crocus, is one of the oldest medicines known to be effective against gout. It is more effective when taken within the first 12 hours of an attack.
 
Once pain relief has been achieved, other medications are used to prevent future gout attacks from occurring. These drugs work either by controlling uric acid in the blood or keeping it below concentrations at which crystals can form. They may also be combined with modifications in lifestyle and diet.
 
(Click Gout Treatments for an in-depth look at how this condition is managed, including specific drugs used, how they work, possible side effects, and why the two different categories of drugs should not be combined.)
 
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