A 33-year-old member asked:
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what is the best medication for gout?

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Dr. Richard Williams
17 years experience Pharmacy
Depends: Gout is an excessive amount of uric acid in the blood. It can affect joints- especially in the extremities (feet and hands). Acute attacks respond to Colchicine while maintenance drugs like Allopurinol can keep your uric acid levels in the normal range. If you are talking about gouty arthritis, then Indomethacin is stiil a good choice.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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Dr. Howard Fox
41 years experience Podiatry
There is no "best": It depends on the patient. Oral anti-inflammatory medication certainly has an up-front place, but in patients with kidney issues or diabetics, these medications can cause severe harm to the kidney. Oral steroids are used on such patients with great success. Once treated, it's important to get the uric acid levels below 6.4 mg/dl.
Answered on Feb 26, 2013
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Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
51 years experience Rheumatology
Gout : Rx of gout treatment is to reduce the symptoms of acute attack. Repeated attacks should be prevented by medications to reduce serum uric acid levels .Ice applied several times a day decreases pain. Drugs for acute treatment include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), Colchicine and steroids .Treatment for prevention include allopurinol, Febuxostat , probenecid and krystexxa (pegloticase).
Answered on Oct 24, 2015

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