Gout Medication

Gout Medication

Preventing and Managing Gout Pain

If you have ever suffered from a gout attack you know the pain can be utterly debilitating. Gout is an excess of uric acid in the blood stream, the acid causes crystals to form within joints. The crystals cause intense inflammation and swelling. At the first sign of gout it is a good idea to visit a medical professional. He or she can confirm the gout diagnosis and prescribe medication to help manage the symptoms as well as decrease uric acid in the body.

The good news; after a gout diagnosis you can take immediate action to prevent another agonizing occurrence. Anyone who has dealt with the discomfort of gout knows without a doubt, the best treatment is prevention of future flare ups. A few lifestyle changes and medication to reduce inflammation and decrease uric acid can dramatically reduce the likelihood of another attack.

Medication

Treatment of gout usually involves both short term and long term medication to manage acute attacks and prevent future problems. Over the counter or prescription anti-inflammatory or steroid medication may be prescribed to manage the pain associated with a gout flare up. Ensure your physician and pharmacists are aware of all the over counter and prescription medications you are taking when trying to manage gout. Recent studies have shown some common medications may contribute to problems associated with gout.

Gout sufferers may be prescribed a medication taken on a daily basis to decrease uric acid over time, dramatically decreasing the duration of a gout attack and potentially preventing future flare ups. Some medications for gout have serious potential for drug interaction and side effects. Medications taken to manage gout should be used exactly as directed.

There is promising evidence of herbal therapies being useful in managing gout symptoms. Consulting with your doctor is advisable before beginning any herbal therapies. Ensure you are clear about your gout diagnosis when searching for supplements to avoid exacerbating gout symptoms with supplements that can cause additional problems with inflammation.

Lifestyle choices

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables instead of meat or seafood containing purine may help prevent future attacks. Obesity has been shown to contribute to problems with gout. Losing weight may help to reduce symptoms. However, very low calorie/fasting diets and dehydration can also cause additional gout problems, so ensure that you are eating and drinking enough to maintain your health.

Drinking alcoholic beverages, especially beer may increase the level of uric acid in the system. If you are unsure if your level of alcohol consumption may be contributing to your gout, have an honest conversation with your doctor regarding specific quantity and frequency of alcohol use.

A diagnosis of gout is not a permanent sentence of pain and suffering. Patients who are serious about managing their condition through life style choices and working closely with their doctor and pharmacy often have great outcomes.

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