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How can prescription medicines help with gout?

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Your doctor may recommend one of these medicines that you can't get over the counter:

  • Allopurinol (Aloprim, Zyloprim) reduces uric acid production.
  • Colchicine (Colcrys) reduces inflammation.
  • Febuxostat (Uloric) may be prescribed to reduce inflammation, especially if you cannot take colchicine or NSAIDs, or to reduce uric acid production.
  • Indomethacin (Indocin) is a stronger NSAID pain reliever.
  • Lesinurad helps your body get rid of uric acid when you urinate.
  • Pegloticase (Krystexxa) breaks down uric acid.
  • Probenecid (Benemid) helps the kidneys excrete uric acid from your body.
  • Steroids (also called corticosteroids) fight inflammation.

From: Which Medicines Treat Gout? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout.”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Gout.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter: “All About Gout.”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions: “Gout.”

National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: “What Causes Gout?”

American College of Rheumatology, Gout: “Fast Facts.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout Treatment.”

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. "Stepwise dose increase of febuxostat is comparable with colchicine prophylaxis for the prevention of gout flares during the initial phase of urate-lowering therapy: results from FORTUNE-1, a prospective, multicentre randomised study." Vol. 77, Issue 2.   

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout.”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Gout.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter: “All About Gout.”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions: “Gout.”

National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: “What Causes Gout?”

American College of Rheumatology, Gout: “Fast Facts.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout Treatment.”

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. "Stepwise dose increase of febuxostat is comparable with colchicine prophylaxis for the prevention of gout flares during the initial phase of urate-lowering therapy: results from FORTUNE-1, a prospective, multicentre randomised study." Vol. 77, Issue 2.   

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

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