Gout Remedies

Once a person has been diagnosed with gout, the next step is to formulate a treatment plan. This plan involves the following goals: relieve the pain of the gout attacks; prevent future attacks from occurring; and reduce long-term damage to joints. To that end, there are a few different remedies for gout that your healthcare provider will recommend.
 
Several different medications can be used to treat a gout attack. The most common ones are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and colchicine. Each has their advantages and disadvantages, and which one your healthcare provider recommends will depend on your unique situation.
 
Other medications are prescribed to help prevent attacks from occurring by controlling the level of uric acid in the blood and keeping it at a low level so that crystals and kidney stones do not form. Allopurinol (Zyloprim®) and probenecid (Benemid®) are two widely used drugs for this purpose.
 
(To learn more about these and other remedies, click Gout Treatments. This article describes in detail the various ways in which this condition is treated, lists the many specific medications used, and explains how they work.)
 
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