Gout Relief

Abnormally high levels of uric acid in the blood can lead to the formation of gout, which is actually a type of arthritis that causes painful, swollen, inflamed joints. Thus, one of the first things to address when a person is diagnosed with gout is relieving these symptoms. This is often accomplished through nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or other medications.
The next step is to prevent attacks from occurring, as well as any long-term damage to the joints. Different medications are used for this purpose -- namely, a class of drugs known as uricosuric drugs. These medicines are effective at controlling uric acid levels; however, they may also prolong a gout attack. To avoid this complication, your healthcare provider may prescribe low doses of a drug called colchicine as part of your long-term treatment plan.
(To learn more about the relief of gout symptoms, click Gout Treatments. This article describes in detail the specific medications used to treat this condition, how they work, and possible side effects.)
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