Finding The Right Gout Medication

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Gout is a painful form of arthritis that can have permanent damage to your joints. This happens when uric acid crystals are formed in the joint spaces and then start to break through the skin, causing extreme discomfort and inflammation. A doctor will usually prescribe one of the many gout medications to deal with this problem, but not all of them are created equal. Some medications may actually make the symptoms worse, and others simply do not work at all.

Types Of Gout Medication

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Before you decide on any type of gout medication, it’s important to understand what is causing your gout to begin with. Gout is not, and should never, be caused by an improper diet or lack of exercise. The cause of gout is buildup of crystallized uric acid, which if left untreated, will lead to serious damage to joints. In order for a doctor to prescribe a good gout medication, the first step is to get a diagnosis. The next step is understanding how different types of gout medication work.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most commonly prescribed gout medication. These pain relievers help to reduce swelling and inflammation in the joints and relieve pain. NSAIDs are also known to help slow or stop the progression of gout if taken over a long period of time. NSAIDs have been shown to be effective in reducing the pain from gout attacks, but they can be quite toxic to the liver and therefore must be used carefully.

Certain antibiotics can also be used to treat gout, although these medications carry some risks. The most common type of gout medication is colchicine, and it works by reducing the production of uric acid. However, colchicine can also lead to serious side effects like vomiting, nausea, and even bleeding of the gouty joints. Therefore, a careful decision about the right antibiotic gout medication is very important.

Most Common Gout Symptoms

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Gout symptoms usually include a constant itching or rash in the affected joint. Urate deposits can be detected on a routine basis by your doctor by using a gout blood test called a uric acid sedimentation test (GAAST). Once you have experienced a urate deposit, your doctor will perform an ultrasound to determine the source. Urate deposits are the result of high levels of uric acid in the body fluids accumulated in the joint. Your doctor may prescribe one of several types of gout medication to treat the condition.

Some gout medications can be taken in combination with other treatments. For instance, some gout medications can help control the pain from gout attacks while others may help to prevent the attacks from happening in the first place. In addition, some gout medications can reduce the frequency of the attacks or relieve the pain in the joint. Your doctor can advise you which gout medication is best for your specific gout problem.

Prescribed Gout Medication

The most commonly prescribed gout medication is colchicine. It is available without a prescription in any health food store. Colchicine can be taken as either a spray or liquid, usually over the counter. If you take it as a liquid, it should be used within three hours if you are experiencing mild to moderate gout symptoms. Colchicine can be especially effective for people with gout that has not responded to other treatments.

Final Thoughts

Other types of gout medications include allopurinol, econazole, mono clonidine, and NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). You will notice that these medications come in many different forms and are often marketed as ‘new gout drugs’. However, even though new gout medications are created each year, the typical gout medications still work very well. Your doctor will be able to provide you with more information regarding your specific gout medication and the results you should expect.

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